Goa CM Manohar Parrikar passes away at 63, worked till last breath

Goa chief minister Manohar Parrikar, a former defense minister who had been battling a pancreatic ailment for over a year, died at his private residence on Sunday. He was 63. The chief minister died around 6.40 pm on Sunday,” said a senior state government official.

Sources said Parrikar was put on life support system late Saturday night. A widower, Parrikar is survived by his two sons and their families. The central government announced national mourning on Monday.

Several top leaders, including Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Nitin Gadkari, Amit Shah, nd Rajnath Singh will be in Goa on Monday to attend Manohar Parrikar’s last rites.

Modi condoled the death of Parrikar, hailing him as an “unparalleled leader”.

The health of Manohar Parrikar, a technocrat-turned-politician and BJP stalwart, took a turn for the worse in the past two days after his medical condition fluctuated for over a year. The four-term chief minister was flown to the US for treatment in March last year.

Parrikar was a leader who enjoyed acceptance from all sections of the BJP and beyond. He played a key role in making the BJP a force to reckon with in Goa, which remained for long a Congress bastion, with regional outfits having pockets of influence.

Despite his failing health, Parrikar had presented two state budgets in 2018 and 2019 and had attended public functions, including the inauguration of an iconic bridge across River Mandovi. Parrikar was reportedly discussing work even before 2 hrs to his untimely demise.

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