Dayanand Bandodkar

Dayanand Bandodkar (March 12, 1911 – August 12, 1973) was the first Chief Minister of Goa after the territory was returned to India by Portugal. A wealthy mine owner, he sought to merge the territory with the state of Maharashtra. After his request to gain 18 out of 28 candidates for a merger with Maharashtra was denied by the Congress party, he formed his own Maharashtrawadi Gomantak Party.He swept the polls in 1963, 1967 and in 1972 and remained in power until his death in 1973.

Bandodkar died in office on 12-08-1973 at age 62 and was succeeded by his daughter Shashikala Kakodkar.

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