Honorable CM of Goa, Former Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar passes away!
The most generous and selfless leader, honourable CM of Goa and Former Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar passes away. He passed away at 63, after batting pancreatic cancer.
Honourable Cheif Minister of Goa, Former Defence Minister Shri Manohar Parrikar passes away! The selfless man passed away at the age of 63 after a long battle with pancreatic cancer. Parrikar was diagnosed with advanced pancreatic cancer in February 2018 and had been in and out of hospitals in Goa, Mumbai, Delhi and New York since.
From an RSS pracharak to a Union Minister, the technocrat-turned-politician was known for his administrative acumen and clean image, which left an indelible mark on the politics of the tiny state. A Mumbai IIT graduate in metallurgical engineering and among the first members of BJP in Goa, Parrikar was instrumental in raising the profile of his party from its just four members in the state assembly in 1994 to its present status as a ruling party in the state assembly.
According to the sources, Parrikar's health had been fluctuating for a long time now and it got worsened on Saturday morning. The former Defence Minister had been in and out of private hospitals in Goa, Mumbai, Delhi and New York since February last year. Last month, Mr Parrikar, was admitted to the Goa Medical College and Hospital near Panaji.
In January, during a public gathering, the four-time chief minister had said he would 'serve Goa till my last breath'. His party workers acknowledged him as their leader even this morning in face of Congress attempts to dislodge the government and accusations that the party has fallen below halfway mark in the state assembly.
Parrikar was an unassuming man, who had earlier launched a campaign against the Congress-led government on the issue of illegal mining in the state, emerged as the rallying-point for anti-Congress sentiments. He was the first BJP chief minister who had publicly said in 2013 that Narendra Modi, the then Gujarat Chief Minister, should be the face of the party in 2014 Lok Sabha polls.
His exemplary services to the development of Goa will always be remembered by society. May his soul rest in peace.