Currently serving as the 19th Governor of Goa, P. S. Sreedharan Pillai is an Indian politician, author and attorney. 

Born on December 1, 1954, in the Alappuzha district of Kerala, Pillai grew up to pursue a degree in Arts from N. S. S. College, Pandalam, followed by a law degree from Government Law College, Calicut in 1978. 

He previously served as the Governor of Mizoram and an active member of the Bharatiya Janata Party in the state of Kerala. 

Pillai ventured into politics by joining Akhila Bharatiya Vidyarthi Parishad, the student wing of the Bharatiya Janata Party. Pillai joined the wing as a state secretary. 

He was elected as the State President of BJP in Kerala from 2003 to 2006.

Pillai also ventured into writing nearly four decades ago. He published his first book in 1983. With more than a hundred books published, Pillai rose to prominence as an acclaimed writer. From writing about politics, law, sociology and culture, Pillai has garnered critical acclaim for his literary work. 

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Pillai often shares his admiration for Indian leaders like Mahatma Gandhi, Syama Prasad Mukherjee, Jawaharlal Nehru and Deendayal Upadhyaya.

On Thursday, the Goa Congress requested for a meeting with Governor PS Sreedharan Pillai before the counting for the 2022 Assembly elections began, NDTV reported.  

Counting of votes in Goa started on Thursday morning at 8 am at  Government Polytechnic at Altinho, Panaji and Damodar College in Margao, according to PTI. 

With three layers of security in place, officials have also made double Covid-19 vaccination certificate mandatory for entering vote counting centers.

Also read: Congress gathers candidates at resort amid hung Goa assembly predictions

In the 2017 Assembly polls, Congress failed to come to power after winning 17 seats and being the single-largest party as the BJP bagged the state even with 13 seats with the support of independents and regional parties.