The Chief Minister of Goa and former Defence Minister, Manohar Parrikar passed away on March 17, 2019, at the age of 63. Parrikar was battling prolonged illness since February 2018, when he was diagnosed with a pancreatic condition. The announcement came hours after Parrikar’s office issued a statement to the media, informing the public that the Minister’s condition was “extremely critical”. He was being treated at his son’s residence near Panaji, Goa.
The four times Chief Minister of Goa was seen in public many times over the past few months looking frail, with a nasal tube. Born on December 13, 1955, he was the Chief Minister of Goa since 14 March 2017.
A graduate in metallurgical engineering from IIT-Bombay in 1978, he was the first IITian to serve as the legislator of a state. Parrikar was the Defence Minister in 2016 when India conducted a surgical strike on terror launch pads across the LoC, days after the terror attack in Uri, Jammu and Kashmir.
Politicians and citizens took to Twitter to express their condolences.
Shri Manohar Parrikar was an unparalleled leader.
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
— Chowkidar Narendra Modi (@narendramodi) March 17, 2019
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 #PresidentKovind
— President of India (@rashtrapatibhvn) March 17, 2019
I am deeply saddened by the news of the passing of Goa CM, Shri Manohar Parrikar Ji, who bravely battled a debilitating illness for over a year.
Respected and admired across party lines, he was one of Goa’s favourite sons.
My condolences to his family in this time of grief.
— Rahul Gandhi (@RahulGandhi) March 17, 2019
Saddened at the passing away of Goa Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar ji. He patiently endured his illness. Condolences to his family and his admirers
— Mamata Banerjee (@MamataOfficial) March 17, 2019