Goa Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar Dies After Long Illness, Tributes Pour In

Guwahati, March 17, 2019

Manohar Parrikar, Goa Chief Minister and former Defence Minister, who had been battling a pancreatic ailment for more than a year, has died at his son’s home in Panaji on March 17th, 2019. He was 63.

President of India announced that Goa chief minister Parrikar has passed away. A condolence meet will be held in the Union Cabinet at 11 am on March 18th, 2019 for Parrikar.

Parrikar’s health had been fluctuating for several days and worsened on the morning of March 17th, 2019.

Assam Chief Minister Sarbananda Sonowal condoled the demise of Parrikar. “A people’s leader respected for his humility & immense love for the nation, his passing away has left a huge void in India’s public life. My sincere condolences,” tweeted Sonowal.

Assam Governor Jagdish Mukhi also condoled the death of Chief Minister of Goa. In a statement, the Governor said, “ I am deeply saddened to hear the demise of Manohar Parrikar ji. He was an outstanding leader and best known for his administrative acumen. He contributed immensely to the growth of Goa in particular and the country in general”. A great personality he was, his death is a great loss to the country and will be difficult to fill.

Parrikar has had an illustrious political career.  He has been serving as the chief minister of Goa since March 2017 and previous to that served as the chief minister from 2000-2005 and from 2012 to 2014. Parrikar was also a Rajya Sabha MP from Uttar Pradesh.

A father of two sons, he grew up in the Goan village of Parra. His wife Medha died in 2000 of cancer. It may be noted that he was the first IIT alumnus to serve as the legislator of a state and later, chief minister.

The four-time Chief Minister had been seen in public outings over the past few months with a nasal tube and a frail form, which provoked opposition attacks on the ruling BJP. Parrikar was known for his simple lifestyle. He was a leader accessible to the people and was often sighted enjoying a ride on his scooter.

It was Parrikar who proposed the name of Narendra Modi as the BJP’s Prime Ministerial candidate in 2013 ahead of the 2014 national election.