Goa chief minister and former Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar died this evening at his son’s home in Panaji after a long battle with cancer. He was 63. The news of his passing away was announced by President Ramnath Kovind through his official twitter handle. Parrikar is survived by two sons and their families.
Ever since Parrikar was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer in February last year, he was shuttling between hospitals in New York, Delhi, Mumbai and Goa.
There were a lot of apprehensions about his deteriorating health condition earlier in the day.
Hours before his death was announced public, the official twitter handle of CMO Goa tweeted, “Chief Minister @manoharparrikar’s health condition is extremely critical. Doctors are trying their best.”
BJP had asked Goa MLAs not to leave the state until any further communication. The move came after Congress wrote to Governor Mridula Sinha to stake a claim to form a new government.
“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,” wrote President Kovind on twitter.
Parrikar was seen wearing a tube in his nose over the months after his return from New York. Congress accused BJP of parading him even after he was diagnosed with a terminal illness to save its government in Goa.
Parrikar was leading a coalition government in Goa with support from Goa Forward Party (GFP), the Maharashtravadi Gomantak Party (MGP), and three independent lawmakers in Goa.
“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.
“A symbol of simplicity in politics who led a humble life is no longer with us,” tweeted Delhi CM Aravind Kejriwal.