Sudin Dhavalikar
Member of the Goa Legislative Assembly
Assumed office
Preceded byShripad Naik
7th Deputy Chief Ministers of Goa
In office
19 March 2019[1] – 27 March 2019[2]
GovernorMridula Sinha
Chief MinisterPramod Sawant
Preceded byFrancis D'Souza
Succeeded byManohar Ajgaonkar
Cabinet Minister, Government of Goa
In office
17 March 2017 – 17 March 2019
GovernorMridula Sinha
Chief MinisterManohar Parrikar
Ministry and Departments
  • Public Works.
  • Transport.
  • River Navigation.
  • Museum.
Cabinet Minister to the Government of Goa
Assumed office
April 2022
GovernorP. S. Sreedharan Pillai
Chief MinisterPramod Sawant
Ministry and Departments
  • Power
  • New and Renewable Energy
  • Housing
Personal details
Born (1956-11-21) 21 November 1956 (age 67)
Ponda, Goa, Portuguese India
Political partyMaharashtrawadi Gomantak Party
SpouseJyoti Dhawlikar
RelationsDeepak Dhavalikar, Deelip Dhavalikar, Sandeep Dhavalikar, Mohan Dhavalikar
Alma materChowgule College, then under Bombay University

Sudin alias Ramkrishna Madhav Dhavalikar is an Indian politician from the state of Goa, and a senior leader of the MG Party. He is a six-term member of the Goa Legislative Assembly, representing the Marcaim constituency[3] and former deputy CM of Goa.[4]

Ministry Portfolios

He has been a Minister in various governments for over 15 years, holding important portfolios by forming alliances with various political parties.

Goa State Cabinet Ministry Portfolios held by Sudin Dhavalikar[5]
Duration Portfolios held Chief Minister, and Political Party in power
3 June 2002 to 31 January 2005 P.W.D., Archives & Archaeology, and Museum and Fisheries Manohar Parrikar, BJP
3 February 2005 to 4 March 2005 Public Works Department, Fisheries, Archives & Archaeology and Museum
7 June 2005 to 5 June 2007 Public Works Department, Fisheries, Archives & Archaeology, Museum, and Co- operation Shri Pratapsingh Rane, INC
8 June 2007 to 28 July 2007 Public Works Department, and Science & Technology
14 March 2008 to 1 February 2012 Transport, River Navigation Department and Social Welfare Digambar Kamat, INC
9 March 2012 to 12 December 2016 Public Works Department, and Transport and River Navigation Laxmikant Parsekar and Manohar Parrikar, BJP
20 March 2017 until 27 March 2019 Public Works Department, Transport, River Navigation and Museum Manohar Parrikar and Pramod Sawant
09 April 2022 till date Power, New & Renewable Energy and Housing Pramod Sawant

On 27 March 2019, he was dropped from the Cabinet of Ministers as the Deputy Chief Minister, as well as the ruling alliance, after two MGP MLAs (Deepak Pauskar and Manohar Ajgaonkar) broke away from the party and joined the ruling BJP, merging the MGP legislative party into the BJP.[6][4] A disqualification plea of the two breakaway MGP MLAs, along with 10 other congress MLAs was dismissed by the High Court of Bombay at Goa.[7]

Political party

He is a senior leader of the Maharashtrawadi Gomantak Party, Goa's first ruling party after the end of Portuguese colonial rule in 1961.[5] He has played a pivotal role in survival and success of the party for last 20 years.


In 2015, two members of Aam Aadmi Party – Pradip Ghadi Amonkar and Mujahid Rizvi – alleged that Dhavalikar, while contesting the previous Assembly election, had sworn a false affidavit that he is a BSc graduate. They claimed that Sudin Dhavalikar had lied in his sworn affidavit regarding his educational qualification.[8][9][10] The aggrieved approached the court as they claimed that Ponda police had declined to register an FIR against Dhavalikar. After inquiring with the Bombay University, Ponda police submitted in the court that Dhavalikar's BSc degree is genuine. The Ponda court promptly dismissed the case noting that JMFC Apurva Nagvekar did not find any merit in the application made by the aggrieved party.[11]


  1. ^ "BJP's Pramod Sawant Takes Oath as Goa Chief Minister at 2am, Deputy CMs May Be Sworn in Today". News18. 19 March 2019.
  2. ^ "Goa Deputy CM Sudin Dhavalikar dropped from Cabinet hours after MGP MLAs join BJP". India Today. 27 March 2019. Retrieved 20 September 2019.
  3. ^ "In Goa, 7 Powerful Families Are Contesting 35% of the Assembly Seats". The Wire. Retrieved 1 February 2022.
  4. ^ a b "Goa Dy Chief Minister Sudin Dhavalikar dropped after two members of his party join BJP". The New Indian Express. Retrieved 1 February 2022.
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  6. ^ "Goa Deputy CM Sudin Dhavalikar dropped from Cabinet hours after MGP MLAs join BJP". India Today. 27 March 2019. Retrieved 1 February 2022.
  7. ^ "HC upholds Goa Speaker's order dismissing pleas seeking disqualification of 12 MLAs". The Hindu. PTI. 24 February 2022. ISSN 0971-751X. Retrieved 11 March 2022.((cite news)): CS1 maint: others (link)
  8. ^ "AAP files police complaint against Sudin Dhavalikar for lying on degree certificate before EC". 26 June 2015. Retrieved 13 May 2016.
  9. ^ "Goa: AAP releases documents, questions Sudin Dhavalikar's graduation claims". 22 June 2015. Retrieved 13 May 2016.
  10. ^ "AAP accuses Goa PWD Minister of having fake science degree". 18 June 2015. Retrieved 13 May 2016.
  11. ^ "Court dismissed case related to fake degree of Sudin Dhavalikar".