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Dayanand Bandodkar

Indian politician

Died when: 62 years 153 days (749 months)
Star Sign: Pisces


Dayanand Bandodkar

Dayanand Balkrishna Bandodkar (12 March 1911 – 12 August 1973) and popularly known as Bhausaheb Bandodkar was the first Chief Minister of Goa, in the territory of Goa, Damaon& Diu.

Born in Pernem to a Marathi family who had immigrated from Tuljapur, he became a wealthy mine owner following the Annexation of Goa.

He sought to merge the territory with the state of Maharashtra.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 was a member of the Kalawantin community (now known as Gomantak Maratha Samaj in Goa).His proposal to merge Goa with Maharashtra was met with stiff opposition from the native Goans.

Indira Gandhi, the then Prime Minister of India then offered him two options: 1. * To retain Goa's current status as a Union Territory 2. * To merge Goa into the neighboring state of Maharashtra and the other erstwhile Portuguese enclaves of Daman and Diu into the neighbouring state of Gujarat A law to conduct a referendum to decide the issue of merger or otherwise of Goa, Daman and Diu with Maharashtra/Gujarat was passed by both the houses of the Indian Parliament, the Lok Sabha (on 1 December 1966), and the Rajya Sabha (on 7 December 1966 and the same received the assent of the President of India, Sarvepalli 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 separate status by 34,021 votes.

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