Manohar Parrikar demise a sad day for India, Condolenses pour in from all quarters

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Manohar Parrikar demise a sad day for India, Condolenses pour in from all quartersGoa Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar is no more, President Ram Nath Kovind tweeted on Sunday evening. Sixty-three-year-old Parrikar, who was battling a pancreatic ailment since last year, breathed his last at his residence.

Kovind wrote Twitter, “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”.

A four-time Chief Minister of Goa, Parrikar had been in and out of the hospitals since February last year. It was in October that the state government made a formal announcement about the BJP leader suffering from a pancreatic ailment. He had undergone treatment in the United States as well as Delhi.

Parrikar took charge as the Chief Minister on March 14, 2017, and held the office till his end. He had previously served as the Chief Minister of the state from 2000 to 2002, 2002 to 2005 and from 2012 to 2014.

An engineer from IIT-Bombay, Parrikar led BJP in 2012 to victory and became the Chief Minister. He was made the Defence Minister in 2014 and was succeeded by Laxmikant Parsekar as the Chief Minister of Goa.

Born in Mapusa in the coastal state of Goa, Parrikar studied at Loyola High School, Margao. In 1978 he graduated in metallurgical engineering from the Indian Institute of Technology.

Parrikar was also one of those leaders who rose in ranks from RSS to BJP. Parrikar had joined RSS even during final years of his school days and later became the Sanghchalak at the age of 26.

Often referred to as the ‘Chief Minister of the Common’ by many, Parrikar was known for his simple style of living and for being easily approachable by the citizens of Goa.

Parrikar is survived by his two sons- Utpal, an Electrical Engineering graduate from Michigan State University, and Abhijat, a local businessman. His wife Medha passed away in 2000.

Condolences from all sectors

Manohar Parrikar demise a sad day for India, Condolenses pour in from all quartersCondolences began pouring in from all quarters moment after the news of sad demise of Goa Chief Minister and former Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar was shared with the nation on late Sunday evening by President Ram Nath Kovind.

“Shri Manohar Parrikar is no more. A sincere, honest and sensitive political activist. Was simple and down to earth, I learnt a lot from Shri Parrikar. As Raksha Mantri his contribution to making the armed forces a modernised, lean and mean fighting machine will remain unparalleled,” tweeted Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman.

Home Minister Rajnath Singh also recalled the honesty and integrity of the late Goa Chief Minister while expressing his condolence.

“Deeply saddened and pained by the demise of my dear friend and Chief Minister of Goa, Shri Manohar Parrikar. He was known for his honesty, integrity and simplicity. He served the nation and the state of Goa with great diligence. My heartfelt condolences to his bereaved family,” he said.

Congress president Rahul Gandhi also called him one of Goa’s favourite sons and wrote, “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.”

Congress general secretary, Priyanka Gandhi recalled her only meet with Parrikar while expressing her condolence.

“My condolences to the bereaved family of Shri Manohar Parrikar”>Manohar Parrikar. I met him only once when he graciously visited my mother at the hospital two years ago. May his soul rest in peace,” she said.

Maharashtra CM Devendra Fadanvis said his dedication towards his work was beyong imagination.

Many more condolenses came pouring in from other public figures.

(Source: ANI)

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