Panaji : After a prolonged battle with pancreatic cancer for over a year, former Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar breathed his last yesterday at his private residence in Panaji, Goa.
Considered as the tallest BJP leader of Goa and the jewel of the country, who carried on with his responsibilities and political duties until his last breathe, Mr Parrikar was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer in February last year.
Since the announcement of his cancer, Mr Parrikar has been frequenting hospitals both in India and abroad. At the time of his death, he was taking treatment at home.
Last year he was rushed to the state-run Goa Medical College hospital when he complained of stomach pain and then flown to Lilavati Hospital in Mumbai. The cause of the stomach ache was then attributed to ‘food poisoning’ and much later after he returned from treatment in U.S., it was officially declared that he was suffering from cancer.
In his tribute, Mr. Kovind tweeted: “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 #PresidentKovind.”
Congress president Rahul Gandhi described him as “one of Goa’s favourite son.”
He said Mr. Parrikar was respected and admired across party lines and had bravely battled his illness for over a year.
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The Goa government has declared a one-day holiday on Monday and seven-day mourning for Mr. Parrikar.
The Goa Board of Secondary and Higher Secondary Education have postponed Higher Secondary examinations for Monday.