Manohar Parrikar, Goa Chief Minister and former defence minister, has passed away at the age of 63 after a long battle with pancreatic cancer. Parrikar was diagnosed with advanced pancreatic cancer in February 2018.
Leaders took their twitter accounts to express their condolences.
“Extremely sorry to hear of the passing of Shri Manohar Parrikar, Chief Minister of Goa, after an illness borne with fortitude and dignity. An epitome of integrity and dedication in public life, his service to the people of Goa and of India will not be forgotten #PresidentKovind,” tweeted the President of India.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi tweeted, “Shri Manohar Parrikar was an unparalleled leader. A true patriot and exceptional administrator, he was admired by all. His impeccable service to the nation will be remembered by generations. Deeply saddened by his demise. Condolences to his family and supporters. Om Shanti.”
“Shri Manohar Parrikar was the builder of modern Goa. Thanks to his affable personality and accessible nature, he remained the preferred leader of the state for years. His pro-people policies ensured Goa scales remarkable heights of progress,” PM’s Twitter account continued to say.
“India will be eternally grateful to Shri Manohar Parrikar for his tenure as our Defence Minister. When he was RM, India witnessed a series of decisions that enhanced India’s security capacities, boosted indigenous defence production and bettered the lives of ex-servicemen,” added Modi.
Parrikar had been in and out of hospitals in Goa, Mumbai, Delhi, and New York since his diagnosis of pancreatic cancer.
“I am deeply saddened by the news of the passing of Goa CM, Shri Manohar Parrikar Ji, who bravely battled a debilitating illness for over a year. Respected and admired across party lines, he was one of Goa’s favourite sons. My condolences to his family in this time of grief,” tweeted Congress President Rahul Gandhi.
“Extremely saddened to hear of the passing away of the Chief Minister of Goa Shri #ManoharParrikar. He was respected by all across political lines. My heartfelt condolences to his family, friends and loved ones. May his soul rest in peace,” tweeted H D Kumaraswamy, Chief Minister of Karnataka.
MLAs and core committee members of Goa BJP, on Saturday, 16 March, met to discuss the political situation arising due to the health condition of Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar.
Meanwhile, the Goa Congress on Saturday had written to Governor Mridula Sinha and staked claim to form government in the state, stating that former Goa deputy chief minister and BJP lawmaker Francis D’Souza death, who died in February, has brought down the party’s majority in the Goa assembly.