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Updated: March 9, 2012 15:57 IST

Parrikar’s austere ways

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BJP legislative party leader, Manohar Parrikar reacts after the party's victory in the Goa assembly elections in Panaji. File photo
BJP legislative party leader, Manohar Parrikar reacts after the party's victory in the Goa assembly elections in Panaji. File photo

Simplicity has always been the hallmark of senior Bharatiya Janata Party leader Manohar Parrikar, who would be taking over as the Chief Minister of Goa on Friday, after his party received overwhelming majority in the recently held State Legislative Assembly elections.

Even as entire political activities were revolving around this one person, the Chief Minister-designate took time to walk down the city lanes to reach restaurant Cafeal, on Wednesday, a day after routing the Congress.

He walked through the narrow lanes sans security, as curious onlookers followed him.

After spending almost ten minutes amidst common people eating ‘paav bhaji’, he went to Varsha Book stall, from where he regularly buys newspapers and magazines.

He purchased a few with headlines roaring out BJP’s historic win, and later proceeded to a star hotel where senior BJP leaders were waiting for him.

He was thereafter elected as a leader of BJP legislative wing and also of the alliance.

On Thursday too, Mr. Parrikar went to the Mahalaxmi Temple, housing a deity which he believes in most. Later he mingled with thousands of Holi revellers at the Azad Maidan, again without any security, and came back fully coloured.

“He is a informal person. When he was Chief Minister, he even went to America with sandals on. He does not crave for posh clothes or style,” Rajendra Desai, a senior journalist, told PTI.

In 2004, when the state was hosting IFFI for the first time, Mr. Desai recalls how Mr. Parrikar donned a simple shirt and trouser to the function amidst celebrities who wore formals.

The two-time Chief Minister had also shocked everyone with his simple ways when he once walked out of the Rajasthan airport.

Senior leader Sushma Swaraj in an election campaign meeting narrated the anecdote.

“One day, I was waiting on an airport in Rajasthan when the staff came rushing to me and asked where is Goa CM (Parrikar) as he was expected to land in the flight.

We started searching for him and saw that Mr. Parrikar was already walking out of the airport with his bag hanging to shoulder without insisting for VVIP treatment,” she said.


Five verdicts, one lessonMarch 8, 2012

A real technocrat and IITian will drive Goa to its true glory...All the Best to Manohar ji!! I am proud of Goan people who elected the true leader they deserve.

from:  atul
Posted on: Mar 10, 2012 at 15:59 IST

No wonder he has not been given media coverage all these years. Now that people have elected him, all limelight is on him. I hope he gets to stay in office for 5 years and bring about the change he really wants to.

from:  SJ
Posted on: Mar 9, 2012 at 23:48 IST

It is wonderful for the Goans to elect a simple man with integrity as their chief minister. Let us hope that he can solve complicated issues with the same integrity and open mind.

from:  Jaisingh
Posted on: Mar 9, 2012 at 19:51 IST

The comment from Sushma Swaraj seems quite strange, what VVIP treatment does a former CM expect? It is just a legacy if our feudal mind-set.

In Kerala around 1990, an ex-CM, at that time the longest serving CM of Communist Party used to take public transport (mean buses) to travel around in his home town, and that too traveling on foot-board at times in crowded buses (not that it was advisable considering his age).

I remember an incident in Sep 2001 George Bush (Sr.) traveled as an ordinary traveler on a flight to assure everyone that flying is safe. In fact another one when Al Gore (ex-VP) rescued a couple of Indians swimming at a beach. Al Gore was commenting that the people he rescued did not realise who saved them. In fact on Sep 11 night, since there were no flights in the US, Al Gore drove himself all the way from his home in Tennesse to Washington DC overnight.

from:  Binoy
Posted on: Mar 9, 2012 at 16:56 IST

Mr. Parrikar is "Man of the Masses", "Ideal" for all politicians & and a
true "Idol" for generations. He has proved that he is an able
'Administrator' and a 'Statesman'. Goa will regain its glory and will
soon be an ideal state of India under his leadership. We, the citizen of
Goa, look forward to clean - transparent and corruption-less governance
ensuring over-all development of the state with equal opportunities to
all irrespective of religious / cast / creed etc. "To the glory of Goa"

from:  Rajeev Hemmady
Posted on: Mar 9, 2012 at 15:53 IST

Mr. Parrikar is certainly an example for Indian celebraties and even many politicians in the country. The young generation needs to follow his example.

from:  Vineetraj
Posted on: Mar 9, 2012 at 13:08 IST

A simple man in an outspoken land !!!

from:  Cpt. Nemo
Posted on: Mar 9, 2012 at 12:00 IST

The problem with us Goans is that we do not know what is good for us. We dumped Mr. Parrikar in 2007 and opted for a totally rotten setup.

from:  Hilary Pais
Posted on: Mar 9, 2012 at 11:36 IST
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