Shri Dayanand Balkrishna Bandodkar, popularly known as Bhausaheb Bandodkar was the first Chief Minister of Goa, Daman and Diu.

Apart from being CM, he was also a wealthy mine owner, who wanted to merge the Goan territory with the neighboring state of Maharashtra.

Born on 12 March 1911, in a modest yet rich mineowners Goan family he rose to become the first Chief Minister of Goa after the Portuguese left Goa in the year 1962.

Dayanand Balkrishna Bandodkar founded the Maharashtrawadi Gomantak Party.
He was affectionately referred to as ‘Bhausaheb’ Bandodkar instead of Dayanand Bandodkar.
Bhausaheb served as the Chief Minister of Goa from 1963 to 1973 while representing the Maharastrawadi Gomantak Party (MGP).
His tenure was widely controversial when he supported the idea to merge Goa into the Indian state of Maharashtra.
In fact, Indian Prime Minister Indira Gandhi had granted Goa the right to hold a referendum over the same issue in 1967.

Indira Gandhi, the then Prime Minister of India then offered him two options to retain Goa’s current status as a Union Territory or to merge Goa into the neighboring state of Maharashtra and the other erstwhile Portuguese enclaves of Daman and Diu into the neighboring state of Gujarat.

The move was ratified in both houses of the Indian Parliament, the Lok Sabha (on 1st December 1966), and the Rajya Sabha (on 7 December 1966).
It was signed into effect by the President of India, Sarvapalli Radhakrishnan on 16 December 1966.

An opinion poll was subsequently held on 16 January 1967 to decide the fate of the union territory which voted to retain its status as a union territor .

He lost the referendum inspite of heavy campaigning.
However the MGP under Bhausaheb’s leadership managed to sweep the assembly polls held soon after the referendum.

He swept the polls in 1963, 1967 and in 1972 while representing the Maharashtrawadi Gomantak Party (MGP) and remained in power until his death in 1973.
Bandodkar died in office on 12 August 1973 at age 62 and was succeeded by his daughter Shashikala Kakodkar.

Team InsideGoa
Author: Team InsideGoa

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