Manohar Parrikar, four times Chief Minister of Goa passed away on 17th march after a year-long battle with pancreatic cancer. He had been unwell for the past few months as he was diagnosed with pancreatic ailment. He in January had said that he will serve Goa till his last breath and he rightly kept his words. Parrikar made public appearances for official work with a medical paraphernalia –a nasogastric tube in his nose despite been critically ill.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi and other top Indian leaders including Defence minister Nirmala Sitharaman flew down to Panjim to pay their last respects to Manohar Parrikar. He had been in and out of hospitals in Goa, Delhi, Mumbai and US for treatment. Parrikar who was 63, breathed his last at his son’s residence in Panaji. The announcement of his death was made public by President Ram Nath Kovind. Condolence messages started pouring in from all over the nation which included top Indian leaders as well. Centre announced a one day national mourning following the demise of Parrikar.
Parrikar has been given a state funeral with full military honours. Thousands of people turned up for the funeral procession of the CM considering that he is immensely popular in the coastal state of Goa. Manohar Parrikar was an IIT graduate in metallurgical engineering from IIT Bombay in 1978. He led the coalition government in Goa which is backed by Maharashtravadi Gomantak Party (MGP), Goa Forward Party (GFP) and three other lawmakers.
Speculations are rife that BJP’s Pramod Sawant could be the next Chief Minister of Goa and would soon take oath for the post of CM.
Manohar Parrikar passed away at 63 after battling pancreatic cancer
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