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Shashikala Kakodkar, Only Woman CM of Goa Passes Away
Shashikala Kakodkar, Only Woman CM of Goa Passes Away

Goa’s second and the only woman chief minister Shashikala Kakodakar passed away on Friday. She was 81.

Shashikala was the chief minister of Goa Daman and Diu from 1973 to 1979 in MGP government. Daughter of Goa’s first Chief Minister Dayanand Bandodkar (Bhausaheb), Kakodkar became Chief Minister of Goa following her father’s death in 1973.

She fought the elections from the  Bicholim constituency with opposition from three other candidates. In the following election, Maharashtrawadi Gomantak Party (MGP), led by Kakodkar won a majority of 15 out of 30 seats in the Goa assembly.

After being ousted from power, Shashikala Kakodkar, also known as Tai (Elder sister in Marathi), became the education minister under the Congress government and played a big role in retaining the presence of regional languages.