Goa Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar was on Wednesday chosen the CNN-IBN Indian of the Year 2012 in the politics category. The IIT alumnus won the award for being the architect of the win of the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) in the state. The Bharatiya Janata Party leader faced a tough contest in the politics category with the likes of young leader Akhilesh Yadav, veteran Parkash Singh Badal and dynamic politician Jairam Ramesh.
Apart from Parrikar, the other nominees in the CNN-IBN Indian of the Year 2012 politics category included Union Sports Minister Ajay Maken for making consistent efforts to reform Indian sports, Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav for scripting his party’s win in India’s most politically critical state, Rural Development Minister Jairam Ramesh for being one of the most dynamic and no-nonsense ministers in UPA-II.
The other nominees were Maharashtra Chief Minister Prithiviraj Chavan for shoring up some of his party’s image through personal probity and Punjab Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal for successfully defying a four decade anti-incumbency tradition in the state.