Civic reception for Shripad on 60th birthday on 18 Oct

GOANEWS DESK, PANAJI | 03 October 2013 17:41 IST

North Goa MP Shripad Naik will be feted on the occasion of completion of 60 years, at the hands of India’s opposition leader Sushma Swaraj.

Though Naik’s birthday is tomorrow, he would be felicitated on 18 October at Campal grounds in Panaji.

He is presently in Geneva, accompanying a Parliamentary delegation.

A civic reception committee of 108 persons has been constituted under the chairmanship of chief minister Manohar Parrikar.

The committee comprises of the whole cabinet, BJP MLAs, other local party leaders as well as few industrialists and social activists, not belonging to the BJP.

Several other BJP leaders may also attend the civic reception, which would be held soon after the Assembly session, said Parrikar.

“I have no idea whether Narendra Modi would attend the function, but we are inviting everybody,” he said.

Naik, more popularly known as Bhau, has also completed almost over three and a half decades in politics.

“He is more accommodative in nature than me and has a skill to connect to the people”, commented Parrikar when asked in what way the North Goa MP is different from him.

While recalling the work both Naik and Parrikar have put in since early 90s to build the BJP in Goa, the chief minister said: “we have always been complimentary to each other.”

 

“I have absolutely no major differences with him, though difference of opinion has always been an inherent part of our relationship”, he added.

Born in 1952, Naik commenced his political career in 1984 as a Sarpanch of Durbhat, with consecutive two terms.

Being a staunch member of the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh, he was elected the general secretary of Goa BJP in 1988 and also served as the local president in 1990.

While working with Parrikar to build the party in Goa, both of them – along with Digambar Kamat and Narahari Haldankar – entered Goa Assembly in 1994, with the BJP opening its account for the first time in Goa’s electoral history.

Though he was defeated in the subsequent Assembly election, he was elected the North Goa MP in 1999, getting re-elected in consecutive elections in 2004 and 2009.

Since 2000, he has also served as the union minister for agriculture, shipping, civil aviation, road transport and highways as well as finance when the BJP was in power.

This is the fourth time Naik would be contesting the Lok Sabha election from North Goa.

Besides being involved actively in educational field, Naik has also been a sportsman, winning several state-level medals in Kabaddi, Volleyball, Swimming, Running, Body Building and Shooting. 

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Most useless person. total waste. did nothing for goa. infact did nothing. however there is a competition for award of most incompetent MP of Goa between Shripad and John Fernandes.

- shiv, aldona | 05 th October 2013 12:14

 

Bhau Shripad Naik is a wonderful human being.

Simple, humble and friendly, he is always willing to help those who approach him.

I have never noticed pride in him although he held important positions.

May God keep him in good health, for many more years.

Goa needs more leaders like him.

- Francisco, Goa | 04 th October 2013 14:18

 

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