Former Defence Minister and Goa Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar breathed his last at his private residence in Dona Paula in Panaji, Goa on the evening of March 17 battling a prolonged illness with pancreatic cancer.
A state funeral has been announced for the Goa Chief Minister on Monday. Parrikar’s mortal remains was carried to the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) head office in Panaji in the morning around 10 AM.
People thronged to the streets to get a glimpse of the mortal remains of the deceased leader around the BJP office in Panaji.
Earlier on March 17, President Ram Nath Kovind made the official confirmation on CM Manohar Parrikar’s death as, “epitome of integrity and dedication in public life.”, while PM Narendra Modi defined him as an, “unparalleled leader, a true patriot and exceptional administrator.”
Condolence messages from the Opposition also poured in. Parrikar’s sons were seen at the BJP office.
Later, the body of the Goa CM was taken to the Kala Academy around 12.15 PM which is around 3 kilometres from BJP’s head office. People were allowed at the Kala Academy to pay their respects for the final time.
PM Narendra Modi along with Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman, did pay homage to the deceased Goa CM. Chants of ‘Hare Ram Hare Krishan’ rented the air around Parrikar’s deceased body at the Kala Academy.
A host of other BJP leaders were in attendance at the Kala Academy before marching off to the Miramar beach for the funeral procession to perform the last rites.
Parrikar is an IIT-Bombay (1973 – 1980) graduate who showed flairs of politics during his college days.
He became CM for the first time in 2000.
However, Parrikar’s void in his state has now triggered a race for the next CM in Goa. Meanwhile, Speaker Pramod Sawant and Health Minister Vishwajit Rane have emerged as front runners for the Goa CM’s post.
While reports of two BJP’s allies in Goa, Maharashtra Gomantak Party (MGP) and Goa Forward Party (GFP) chiefs have voiced their ascendancy to the Goa CM’s post, to which the state’s BJP chief Vinay Tendulkar has negated it as “premature talks”.