Published On: Sun, Mar 17th, 2019

Goa CM Parrikar dies at 63 from pancreatic cancer

Panaji: Goa chief minister Manohar Parrikar died at his Panaji residence on Sunday evening just over a year after he was detected with pancreatic cancer. He was 63.

Goa CM Manohar Parrikar died on Sunday from pancreatic cancer.

Parrikar is survived by two sons and their families. His wife Medha Parrikar died eighteen years ago.

“Chief Minister passed away around 6.40 pm Sunday,” a senior state government official said.

“Extremely sorry to hear of the passing of Shri Manohar Parrikar, Chief Minister of Goa, after an illness borne with fortitude and dignity,” President Ram Nath Kovind tweeted.

Hours earlier, GOA CMO had tweeted that his condition was “extremely critical” and “doctors are trying their best”.

Parrikar’s health, which has been fluctuating for a year, took a turn for the worse in the past two days.

Parrikar was suffering from advanced pancreatic cancer and had been in and out of hospitals in Goa, Mumbai, New York and New Delhi over the past year.

Parrikar had been unwell since February 2018 when he was diagnosed with a pancreatic ailment.

Sources said former defence minister Parrikar had been on life support system since late Saturday night.

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

Parrikar started off in the RSS when he was young and studied at the IIT, Bombay. After the RSS approved his joining the BJP, he was elected to Goa’s Assembly in 1994.

He became Chief Minister for the first time in 2000 and in 2014, replaced Arun Jaitley as Minister of Defence. However, he chose to return to Goa for taking charge of 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.

The Central government has announced national mourning on Monday following the demise of Parrikar.

TST

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