Digambar Kamat is an Indian politician. In 2007, he was elected as the eleventh Chief Minister of Goa. In 2012, the Bharatiya Janata Party candidate Manohar Parrikar succeeded him as the Chief Minister of Goa. From 2009 to 2012, he served as the president of the Swimming Federation of India. In 1994, he was elected as a member of the legislative assembly from the Margao constituency backed by the Indian National Congress. On 31 March 2022, he was designated as a permanent invitee to the Congress Working Committee.
Digambar Kamat was born on Monday, 8 March 1954 (age 68 years; as of 2022) in Margao, Goa, Portuguese India. His zodiac sign is Pisces. In 1973, Digambar Kamat earned a bachelor’s degree in science from Parvatibai Chowgule College, University of Bombay. My Neta
Hair Colour: Salt and Pepper
Eye Colour: Black
Parents & Siblings
His father’s name is Vasant Kamat.
Wife & Children
Digambar Kamat’s wife’s name is Asha Kamat, and she is a homemaker. The couple has a son named Yogiraj Kamat, who is married to Neha Kamat. The name of his granddaughter is Radha Kamat.
He lives at Sanrit Apartments, 1st Floor Near Masjid, Malbhat, Margao, Goa.
Digambar Kamat began his political career in 1985 when he contested the Municipal Council elections, and he was appointed as the Councillor of Margao Municipal Council. He was appointed as the Chairman of the Goa Agriculture Produce Market Committee in 1979. Digambar Kamat served as a Member of the Southern Planning and Development authority nominated by the Government of Goa from 22 September 1986 to 22 September 1989. He was appointed as the Chairman of the Goa Agriculture Produce Market Committee, Margao on 24 September 1991, and he served the post till 23 September 1996. Digambar Kamat started working as a Member of the Executive Committee of the National Council of State Agriculture Marketing Board (COSAMB) New Delhi in July 1992. He was promoted as the Vice-chairman of COSAMB, New Delhi in November 1994. Digambar Kamat served as the Honorary Secretary of the Goa Badminton Association from 1976 to 1978.
Indian National Congress
In 1989, he contested the Goa assembly election from Margao on a Congress ticket but lost; this was his first assembly election. India Today In 1994, he quit the Indian National Congress and joined the BJP. In 2005, he again joined the Indian National Congress after staging a coup against the BJP government in Goa; he joined the Indian National Congress in voters’ referendum choice from the Margao constituency. On 8 June 2007, he assumed the office of the 11th Chief Minister of Goa and served till 9 March 2012. In September 2007, he was appointed as a Member of the Rules Committee, a Member of the Business Advisory Committee, and the Chairman of the House Committee for the finalization of sites for garbage treatment plants/ landfill sites till April 2008. On 9 September 2009. Digambar Kamat began working as a Member of the Business Advisory Committee and a Member of the Rules Committee, and he served the positions till 2012. On 6 March 2012, Bharatiya Janata Party won the Goa assembly elections, and Manohar Parrikar was appointed as the new Chief Minister. In 2012, he retained his Margao Constituency seat and held the seat until 2019. Digambar Kamat started working as a Member of the Select Committee on the Goa Succession, and Special Notaries and Inventory Proceeding Bill on 6 August 2012. He worked as the Chairman of the Public Accounts Committee from 2012 to 2014. In 2014, he was appointed as the Chairman of the Committee on Public Undertakings and served the position till 2016. Digambar Kamat began working as s a Member of the Select Committee on the Goa School Education (Amendment) Bill (2014) on 21 August 2014. On 10 August 2016, he was appointed as the Chairman of the Select Committee on the Goa Staff Selection Commission Bill, 2016. In 2017, Digambar Kamat was appointed as the Chairman of the Committee on Public Undertakings, and he served the role till 2018. On 17 July 2019, backed by the Indian National Congress, Digambar Kamat was elected as the leader of the opposition of the Goa Legislative Assembly. In March 2022, he was elected as a member of the legislative assembly from the Margao Constituency in Goa. On 31 March 2022, Congress appointed him as a permanent invitee to the Congress Working Committee (CWC), and In July 2022, he was removed as the ‘Permanent Invitee’ to CWC. On 14 September 2022, he left Congress and joined the BJP with 7 other Congress MLAs. India Today
Bharatiya Janata Party
In 1994, Digambar Kamat joined the BJP coalition government in Goa. In December 1994, Digambar Kamat was appointed as a Member of the Second Legislative Assembly of Goa, and he served the position till February 1999. In 1995, he was appointed as a Member of the Committee on Government Assurances and a Member of the Select Committee on the Goa Advocates and Welfare Fund Bill (1995), and he served the post for a year. In 1996, he started working as a Member of the Committee on Government Assurances, Member of the Business Advisory Committee, and Member of the House Committee to study Model Rent Control Legislation and served the position till 1997. Digambar Kamat was designated as a Member of the Panel of Presiding Members, Member of the Committee on Public Undertakings, and Member of the Committee on Government Assurances in 1997, and he served the positions for a year. He was appointed as a Member of the Town and Country Planning Board on 26 November 1999. In 1999, he was appointed as the Chairman of the Public Accounts Committee and Chairman of the Committee on Government Assurances till 2000. In 2005, he staged a coup against Manohar Parrikar-led BJP government in Goa along with Babush Monseratte, Micky Pacheco, and others and joined the Indian National Congress. On 14 September 2022, he again joined the BJP with 7 other Congress MLAs in the presence of Goa CM Pramod Sawant, and when some reporters reminded him of his royalty pledge that he undertook at a temple and church in Goa, Kamat replied that it was God’s will. He said,
Awards, Honours, Achievements
He is a three times receiver of the COSAMB award and the Bakshi Bahadur Jivabadada Kerkar State award for outstanding performance in the field of sports from 1994 to 1996. Under the guidance of Digambar Kamat, the Golden Shield was awarded to Goa at the All India National level competition for grading Agriculture commodities from 1979 to 1987.
- Cash: Rs. 61,300
- Deposits in Banks: Rs. 1,24,09,846
- Bonds, Debentures and Shares: Rs. 3,87,67,639
- LIC or other insurance Policies: Rs. 6,30,000
- Motor Vehicles: Rs. 12,93,125
- Jewellery: Rs. 12,93,125
Total: Rs. 5,85,31,876 crores
- Agricultural Land: Rs. 8,50,000
- Non Agricultural Land: Rs. 1,11,57,000
- Commercial Buildings: Rs. 8,02,545
- Residential Buildings: Rs. 3,61,31,000
Total: Rs. 4,89,40,545
As of 2017, Digambar Vasant Kamat’s liabilities were Rs. 31,93,625.
- Digambar Kamat’s favourite recreational activities include reading books, playing badminton, and swimming.
- Digambar Kamat has the life term membership of the Margao Cricket Club, B.P.S. Club Margao, Panaji Gymkhana, and Panaji
Goa Cricket Association.
- Digambar Kamat is an avid traveller. He likes travelling to Nepal, Singapore, Thailand, and Malaysia in his leisure time.
- As a politician, Digambar Kamat often participates in various social and cultural activities being organised in Goa. He serves as the trustee of the Margao Ambulance Trust. He is the founder-president of Samrat Club, Rotaract Club, Margao, and Damodar Education Society.
- On 6 April 2022, Digambar Kamat made headlines when it was rumoured that he wanted to resign from the Indian National Congress and decided to join the Bharatiya Janata Party; however, on 7 April 2022, he refuted these claims and stated in a media conference that he did not intend to leave the Indian National Congress. He stated,
Reports of me intending to leave the Congress party are absolutely untrue; I went to Delhi with my wife to attend a wedding; rest everything else is rumour.”
- Digambar Kamat regularly shares various pictures and videos of his political journey on Facebook and Twitter. He is followed by over 15k people on Facebook.