Goa Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar passed away aged 63 on Sunday, a year after being diagnosed with a pancreatic ailment. He had been in & out of hospitals in Goa, Mumbai, Delhi & New York since February 2018. Parrikar had first become Goa CM in 2000 & had also served as Defence Minister of India from 2014 to 2017.
Goa Chief Minister & former Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar, who had been battling cancer for more than a year, has died at his home in Panaji at the age of 63. The former Defence Minister had been in & out of a hospital in Goa, Mumbai, Delhi & New York since February last year.
Earlier today, his office tweeted that Mr Parrikar was is “extremely critical”. The three-time chief minister had said in January that he “will serve Goa till my last breath.” Mr Parrikar was the Defence Minister in 2016 when India conducted a surgical strike on terror launch pads across the Line of Control days after the terror attack in Jammu & Kashmir’s Uri. Mr Parrikar, in recent months, had made public appearances with a tube in his nose, looking frail. Mr Parrikar headed a coalition government, which is supported by the Goa Forward Party (GFP), the Maharashravadi Gomantak Party (MGP) & 3-Independent lawmakers in Goa. His death leaves the state in a crisis, as the Congress has written to the Goa Governor to dismiss the “minority” government & to invite them to form the government.