The sad demise of Goa Chief Minister and Former Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar has left the entire country mourning. Parrikar who was battling pancreatic ailment since last few months took his last breath on Sunday evening. He was 63. Probably the only chief minister in the country having studied in IIT, Parrikar was a three-time Chief Minister of Goa from 2000 to 2005, 2012 to 2014 and 2017 to 2019. Despite being an RSS man, his political and administrative skills and love for the home state led him to become the tallest politician of India’s Christian majority state Goa.
Manohar Parrikar was among the rare breed of politicians to command respect irrespective of party or ideological lines. This is also one of the reasons why the alliance partners of the BJP’s minority government in Goa supported Parrikar and not the BJP. After the outcome of the Goa, Assembly election made it clear that BJP cannot form its own government, the Mharashtravadi Gomantak party, Goa Forward party and three independents joined the alliance on a condition that Parrikar be made the Chief Minister.
Now, after demise of Parrikar, BJP has lost a strong leadership that held the alliance partners together. There are the four names that are reportedly being considered by the BJP to be Parrikar’s successor: