Goa Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar dies at 63 after a battle with cancer
Bureau/ royalpatiala.in/ Panji (Goa)
Goa Chief Minister, BJP leader and former defence minister Manohar Parrikar died on Sunday at Goa. He was suffering from advanced pancreatic cancer.
The President of India Ram Nath Kovind in a tweet informed of his demise.
President Ram Nath Kovind said, “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.”
Earlier Relatives of ailing Goa Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar, senior government officials and political leaders started arriving at his residence in Dona Paula here Sunday evening.
Several reports on Sunday claimed that Parrikar’s health was deteriorating, and that the Bharatiya Janata Party was making arrangements for a successor. His health took a turn for the worse on Friday night. But the Goa Chief Minister’s office in a tweet, said that “Chief Minister @manoharparrikar’s health condition is extremely critical. Doctors are trying their best.
In the evening, among the first to arrive at the chief minister’s private residence was state Director General of Police Pranab Nanda.Police presence around the house has also been increased.
A condolence meet will be held in the Union Cabinet at 11 am on Monday, ANI reported.
Manohar Parrikar’s career
Manohar Parrikar started off in the RSS when he was young and studied at the Indian Institute of Science. After the RSS approved his joining the BJP, he was elected to Goa’s Assembly in 1994. He became chief minister for the first time in 2000 and in 2014 replaced Arun Jaitley as Minister of Defence. However, he chose to return to Goa as chief minister after the March 2016 elections.