Panaji, Mar 17 (PTI) Goa Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar died at his private residence near here Sunday. He was 63.
Parrikar is survived by two sons and their families.
“Chief Minister passed away around 6.40 pm Sunday,” a senior state government official told PTI.
The BJP stalwart’s health, which has been fluctuating for a year, took a turn for the worse in the past two days.
In a tweet, President Ram Nath Kovind said, “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 India will not be forgotten,” the President tweeted from his official handle.
In a series of 3 tweets, Prime Minister Narendra Modi mourned the demise of his former Cabinet colleague.
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
— Narendra Modi (@narendramodi) March 17, 2019
BJP president Amit Shah mourns Goa chief minister Manohar Parrikar
Entire BJP stands firmly with Parrikar ji’s family. I along with millions of BJP karyakartas and importantly the people of Goa, who were his family, express my deepest condolences. May God give the bereaved family strength to withstand this tragic loss. Om Shanti Shanti Shanti. pic.twitter.com/HWFA4gtSnX
— Amit Shah (@AmitShah) March 17, 2019
Current Raksha Mantri Nirmala Sitharaman also mourned the passing away of her predecessor
Shri Manohar Parrikar is no more. A sincere, honest & 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 & mean fighting machine will remain unparalleled.
— Nirmala Sitharaman (@nsitharaman) March 17, 2019
Congress President Rahul Gandhi also mourned the passing away of Goa CM Manohar Parrikar
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
Sources said former defence minister Parrikar had been on life support system since late Saturday night.
Parrikar had been unwell since February 2018 when he was diagnosed with a pancreatic ailment.