Panaji: Goa Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar died at his private residence near here on Sunday. He was 63.
A four-term chief minister and former defence minister, Parrikar had been battling pancreatic cancer since February last year.
The BJP stalwart’s health, which has been fluctuating for over a year, took a turn for the worse in the past two days.
Sources said Parrikar was put on life support system late Saturday night.
“The chief minister died around 6.40 pm Sunday,” a senior state government official told PTI.
Parrikar is survived by his two sons and their families.
Parrikar, who rose from a
He 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.
Born on December 13,
Parrikar entered electoral politics in 1994 when he won on a BJP ticket from Panaji constituency.
He was the
The central government has announced national mourning on Monday.
In a tweet, President Ram Nath Kovind said, “Extremely sorry to hear of the passing of Shri Manohar Parrikar, chief minister of Goa, after an illness
“An epitome of integrity and dedication in public life, his service to the people of Goa and India will not be forgotten,” the President tweeted from his official handle.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi said, “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.
“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
BJP president Amit Shah tweeted, “Manohar Parrikar
(With external inputs)