As BJP loses one of its stalwart politician, the politics of Goa would never be the same without Manohar Parrikar, who was considered to be the most preferred man to head the state.
Today, the funeral procession will begin at 4pm and PM Narendra Modi, BJP president Amit Shah, Home Minister Rajnath Singh are some of the dignitaries who would be present during the last journey of Goa CM.
Parrikar had been suffering from the pancreatic cancer since last year and had undergone treatment in the US, AIIMS Delhi, Mumabi and Goa.
Shri Manohar Parrikar was an unparalleled leader.— Chowkidar Narendra Modi (@narendramodi) March 17, 2019
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. pic.twitter.com/uahXme3ifp
It was in January, when Manohar Parrikar had said that he would serve Goa until his last breath, and it was a promise kept until Sunday, when he passed away as the serving Chief Minister of Goa.
Government of India has announced a national mourning on March 18 after the demise of Parrikar, and have said that full statehood honour would be accorded to the Goa Chief Minister.
Earlier, President Ram nath Kovind had tweeted informing the nation, “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.”
And PM Narendra Modi, while sharing his picture with Goa CM tweeted, “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.”