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Goa CM Manohar Parrikar dies at 63, after battling with pancreatic cancer

Speed News Desk | Updated on: 17 March 2019, 20:26 IST
Manohar Parrikar passes away

Goa Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar, who was suffereing from pancreatic cancer, has passed away at 63 today.

Parrikar, who was suffering from a pancreatic ailment since February last year, had not recovered and was under continuous treatment. Since the issue was diagnosed, Parrikar went to the US and thereafter to the All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS) in Delhi.

The President of India Ram nath Kovind tweeted, “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."

Last month, while he was in-charge of the state, he was admitted to the Goa Medical College and Hospital, although he was discharged on February 26.

Meanwhile, Parrikar returned to normal business and started signing the files and holding Cabinet meetings at his residence, he accepted that he was battling a “life-threatening disease.”

In his latest appearance on January 30 while presenting the budget of the state in the assembly, his appearance was touted to be frail, with a tube in his nose and condition quite severe.

The Congress government accused BJP of trying to save the coalition government it is running and not letting Manohar Parrikar rest.

The Congress had earlier submitted its letter to the Governor Mridula Sinha staking claim to form the government.

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First published: 17 March 2019, 20:17 IST