The last rites of Goa Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar will be held in Miramar on Monday evening. Parrikar, who was also a former Defence Minister, passed away on Sunday evening at age 63 following a long battle with a pancreatic ailment.
Parrikar’s mortal remains will be kept at the BJP head office in Panaji – Parrikar’s assembly constituency – before they are taken to the Kala Academy for public tributes that will continue till 4 pm.
From Kala Academy, the funeral procession will proceed to Miramar. His body will be consigned to flames at 5 pm. He will be given a state funeral.
A Chief Minister of the coalition government in the coastal state, Parrikar’s death was mourned by the entire political spectrum of the country.
Diagnosed with advanced pancreatic cancer in February 2018, Parrikar had been since in and out of hospitals. He underwent treatment in New York, Mumbai and Goa hospitals, and was brought to AIIMS in Delhi last year.
The four-time Chief Minister had been on life support system since late Saturday night. The Chief Minister’s Office had on Sunday tweeted that his condition had turned “extremely critical”. Before his demise, Parrikar’s relatives, senior government officials and political leaders had visited him at his private residence in Dona Paula.
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President Ram Nath Kovind was the first to express grief over the passing away of Manohar Parrikar.
“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,” he said in a tweet shortly after the CM’s death.
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Parrikar headed a coalition government in Goa, supported by the Goa Forward Party (GFP), the Maharashtravadi Gomantak Party (MGP), and three Independent lawmakers.
He is survived by two sons and their families. His wife had passed away in 2000 to cancer.
The Centre announced a one-day national mourning following Parrikar’s death. The Goa government announced seven-day mourning.
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