Manohar Parrikar, the chief minister of Goa, was the one who once made headlines for riding a scooter.
Not many head of provinces in India have been seen riding scooter for work. However, Manohar Parrikar, the chief minister of Goa, was the one who once made headlines for the same. Parrikar, known for his grounded and humble nature, was many times seen opting for scooter as a mode of daily commutation. Local media reports have also projected Parrikar as a politician who moves around on a scooter. Well, Parrikar recently revealed he has shunned scooter. Speaking to a gathering of BJP workers in Canacona, Parrikar said his mind is usually filled with work-related thoughts and he could meet an accident due to that. “People ask me whether I travel on a scooter. I tell them that I don’t anymore. My mind is filled with work-related thoughts and if I ride my scooter while my mind is somewhere else, then I could meet with an accident,” Parrikar said.
Further, the chief minister added that the state government would be adopting various measures to reduce accidents on the roads of Goa and in the process bring down fatalities. Media reports have often cited that Parrikar was still riding a scooter in Panaji as he went about purchasing things from the local markets.
Recently, Parrikar was seen riding a bicycle near Panaji. The bicycle rally was a part of an event to spread the message of environment protection. After inaugurating the event ‘NoMoZo’ (No Motor Zone), organised by social institutions from Porvorim near Panaji, Parrikar took a ride on the bicycle along a road.
State revenue minister and local MLA Rohan Khaunte also joined Parriakr for the event. Parrikar said, “‘Green Goa’ does not happen only by opposing coal, you should actually contribute to it.” He further revealed that he would love to use the bicycle often, but is restrained due to his security cover. As a part of NoMoZo concept, the road was kept free of motor vehicles with the enthusiastic crowd performing dances, street plays and workshops on ‘wealth out of waste’.