Goa Chief Minister and former Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar passed away on Sunday at the age of 63 after battling pancreatic cancer.
Parrikar breathed his last at his residence in Goa on the evening of March 17, 2019. He is survived by his two sons and their families.
The government has announced March 18 as a day of national mourning, wire agency ANI reported. Parrikar will be accorded a state funeral, it further said.
Centre has announced national mourning on March 18, following demise of Goa Chief Minister #ManoharParrikar. State funeral will be accorded to him. National Flag will fly at half-mast in the National Capital & capitals of States & UTs. pic.twitter.com/AD9Fg5jSYD— ANI (@ANI) March 17, 2019
Parrikar was the first alumnus of Indian Institute of Technology (IIT), Mumbai to serve as an Member of Legislative Assembly (MLA) of a state.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi called him a 'true patriot and exceptional administrator', while offering his condolences on Twitter.
President Ram Nath Kovind said Parikar was, "An epitome of integrity and dedication in public life, his service to the people of Goa and of India will not be forgotten."
Senior BJP leaders and opposition parties members also condoled his death.
I am deeply saddened by the news of the passing of Goa CM, Shri Manohar Parrikar Ji, who bravely battled a debilitating illness for over a year.— Rahul Gandhi (@RahulGandhi) March 17, 2019
Respected and admired across party lines, he was one of Goa’s favourite sons.
My condolences to his family in this time of grief.