Goa Chief Minister and Former Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar Dies

Parrikar had been ailing from pancreatic cancer for over a year.

New Delhi: Goa chief minister Manohar Parrikar, who has been seriously ill for several months now, passed away on Sunday evening. He was reportedly at his son’s home in Panaji.

In a tweet earlier in the day, the Chief Minister’s Office had said:

Parrikar was 63 years old.

President Ram Nath Kovind tweeted his condolences.

Several other political leaders also expressed their sadness on Twitter.

Parrikar, who was suffering from pancreatic cancer, had been treated in the US and at AIIMS in New Delhi. The Wire had learnt from reliable sources at the Goa Medical College that the chief minister spent the last few nights hooked on to a ventilator at the hospital’s ICU unit.

There was heavy security outside Parrikar’s residence on Sunday.

The former defence minister’s health, which had been fluctuating for a year, took a turn for the worse in the past two days. Several party leaders and allies in the state government had rushed to meet him on Saturday.

Alleging that there is a serious “leadership vacuum” in the state, the Congress has been pushing for the BJP government’s dismissal. On Saturday, the party wrote to Goa Governor Mridula Sinha asking her to dismiss the current coalition government that Parrikar was heading.