Former Chief Minister of Gujarat Dilip Parikh passed away on Friday morning.
An economics graduate from Elphinstone College, Mumbai, Parikh was a renowned industrialist in plastics business. He even served as a president of Gujarat Chamber of Commerce and Industry in 1990s.
In 1996, when Shankersinh Vaghela revolted and split Bharatiya Janata Party and formed Rashtriya Janata Party, Parikh joined it. RJP formed minority government with support of Indian National Congress and Vaghela took oath as a Chief Minister.
A year later lNC threatened to withdrew its support on 20 October 1997. A week later the compromise was reached as a change of Chief Minister. Vaghela stepped down and Parikh sworn in as the 13th Chief Minister by governor Krishna Pal Singh from 28 October 1997 to 4 March 1998.