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Manohar Parrikar, Chief Minister of Goa passes away after battle with cancer

Today is a dark day for Goa. The honorable Chief Minister Shri Manohar Parrikar has passed away after battling pancreatic cancer. He was 63 years old. News of his death comes at a time when Goa is preparing for the upcoming Lok Sabha Elections scheduled for the 23rd of April. At 7 pm on Sunday, March 17, the CM’s office officially announced that the Chief Minister’s health was ‘extremely critical’, and that doctors were trying their best to keep him stable. At 8:20 pm, his death was officially announced.

The rise of a leader

Manohar Parrikar took the office of Chief Minister of Goa for the first time on October 24, 2000. Though his tenure lasted only till February of 2002, he was soon re-elected in June the same year and went on to serve another term of Chief Minister. In January of 2005 when his government was reduced to a minority in the Assembly after 4 BJP MLA’s resigned, Parrikar was replaced by Pratap Singh Rane of the Indian National Congress, and later Digambar Kamat. It wasn’t until 2012 when the BJP won 24 seats against the Congress, and 2014 when the BJP won both the Lok Sabha seats, did Parrikar have an important decision to make – and it was not an easy one. Based on his outstanding work for the people of Goa, Parrikar was invited by the Shri Narendra Modi, Chief Minister of India to join the Central Government as Defence Minister.

Defender of the nation

In addition to the office of DM, Manohar Parrikar was also chosen as the party’s candidate for the elected Rajya Sabha seat from Uttar Pradesh. In 2017, Manohar Parrikar returned to Goa as Chief Minister once again. During the last couple of years, Parrikar has spearheaded a number of developments, mainly the overall road transport infrastructure along the NH66, with the crown jewel being the newly inaugurated Atal Sethu bridge. His diagnosis and later struggle with pancreatic cancer did not stop him from taking charge and maintaining the office of Chief Minister, being an inspiration to his people, and setting an example for those to follow.

Condolences from across the country

 

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Mark Rocha

Mark Rocha is a musician and entertainer living in Goa. He's a published author, a husband, and the father of three dogs. Woof.

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