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Goa Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar dies after prolonged illness

Parrikar died at his private residence near Panaji in Goa

Sunday March 17, 2019 8:56 PM, ummid.com News Network

Manohar Parrikar Dies

Panaji (Goa): Manohar Parrikar, Goa Chief Minister and former Defence Minister of India, dies after prolonged illness. The 63-year-old BJP leader was battling pancreatic cancer. He died at his private residence near Panaji around 06:40 pm Sunday.

Parrikar is survived by two sons and their families. He has been suffering from pancreatic ailment for the last one year and has undergone treatment in the US as well as at AIIMS, Delhi, and a private hospital in Mumbai.

There were demands for his replacement. But, BJP leadership did not pay any heed to these demands and Parrikar remained Chief Minister of Goa till he breathed his last today afternoon.

Speculations about his worsening health condition were rife since today afternoon, with some BJP leaders said Parrikar was "very serious" and a recovery from this stage was very difficult. It is also said that Parrikar had been on life support system since late Saturday night.

Parrikar was born on December 13, 1955, in Goa’s Mapusa. He completed his schooling from Loyola High Schol and graduated from IIT-Bombay in Metallurgical Engineering in 1978. After getting married to Medha Parrikar, the couple was blessed with two sons. However, in 2000, his wife died of cancer.

Parrikar entered into politics in 1994 when he contested the Goa state election at the young age of 39 and won.There were only four other BJP members in the state assembly at that time. He soon climbed the organisational ladder to become Leader of the Opposition in the Goa Assembly in 1999 (from June to November).

Parrikar became Goa CM first time in 2000. But,he was forced to resign due to defecttion. He led BJP to victory in the 2012 state elections again winning 24 seats out of the total 40 seats and became chief minister for the second time.

During the 2017 Goa assembly elections, he was Defence Minister. But, he vigorously campaigned for the BJP winning just 13 seats against the 19 seats won by Congress. He was however managed to get the support from Goa Forward Party (GFP), Maharastrawadi Gomantak Party (MGP) and two Independents, to reach the magic figure of 21 in the 40-member house and become CM for the third time.

A condolence meeting has been called at the state assembly 11:00 am Monday. Parrikar's funeral is likely to be held tomorrow in Panaji.

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