The whole nation is offering deep condolences on the passing away of four-time Goa CM Manohar Parrikar and wishes of lakhs of followers will make him immortal. Mr Parrikar drew his last breath after a prolonged battle with pancreatic cancer at the age of 63. His health deteriorated day after day and in the last two days, he was in critical condition.
Previously in the day, BJP asked Goa BJP MLAs to not leave the state with reports that state Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar’s health was deteriorating (especially in the last two days)
This evening, the country has lost an honest, educated and patriotic leader. Mr. Parrikar is a down-to-earth person and his absence is now a huge loss for the nation. He served his country till his last breath. He had been in and out of hospitals in Goa, Mumbai, Delhi, and New York since February last year after he was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer.
Parrikar has been under the weather for around a year. However, last year, he went to the United States and undergone treatment for advanced pancreatic cancer. Manohar Parrikar spent roughly around 3 months in the US and then returned home in June last year.
Despite taking bed rest, Parrikar presented the Goa budget in the state assembly, while sitting in his chair with a nasogastric tube inserted through his nose.
Here is how Twitter reacted:
India will be eternally grateful to Shri Manohar Parrikar for his tenure as our Defence Minister. When he was RM, India witnessed a series of decisions that enhanced India’s security capacities, boosted indigenous defence production and bettered the lives of ex-servicemen.
— Narendra Modi (@narendramodi) March 17, 2019
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.
Respected and admired across party lines, he was one of Goa’s favourite sons.
My condolences to his family in this time of grief.
— Rahul Gandhi (@RahulGandhi) March 17, 2019
#ManoharParrikar Deep regret at the passing away of Shri Manohar Parrikar. A deeply humane personality. Humility his hallmark and approachability his great strength. In his short stay as RM he made a great difference. Rest in Peace. You will be remembered.
— Syed Ata Hasnain (@atahasnain53) March 17, 2019
An epitome of courage, integrity, simplicity and humility, a dedicated politician who worked till his last breath leaves behind a big void in Indian politics. #ManoharParrikar you shall be missed.
— Harsh Goenka (@hvgoenka) March 17, 2019
The way he worked for the country still his last breath will always inspire us. The man who always worked for the development of goa is no more with us is very sad One of the most intelligent politician India has ever witnessed! ? huge loss as for the nation ? #manoharparrikar pic.twitter.com/h3kv5yYznH
— क्षत्रिय आदर्श सिंह?️ (@Xadarshx) March 17, 2019
Parrikar ji has shown the entire nation how a BJP Karyakarta, even during his toughest time, is committed to the philosophy of Nation First, Party Next and Self Last.
He will always be remembered for his contributions as India’s Defence Minister and as CM of Goa. pic.twitter.com/jiKNGoOZrj
— Amit Shah (@AmitShah) March 17, 2019
Shri Manohar Parrikar is no more. A sincere, honest & sensitive political activist. Was simple and down to earth, I learnt a lot from Shri.Parrikar. As Raksha Mantri his contribution to making the armed forces a modernised, lean & mean fighting machine will remain unparalleled.
— Nirmala Sitharaman (@nsitharaman) March 17, 2019
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
— President of India (@rashtrapatibhvn) March 17, 2019
Exceedingly sad to lose Mr Parrikar.
A thorough gentleman, who battled with poor health yet gave himself to work till the last moment of his life.
A man of high principles who loved simplicity. I recall my meeting with him for prison programs in Goa.
May his soul rest in peace
— Kiran Bedi (@thekiranbedi) March 17, 2019
Why noble soul leaves this planet so early ? An IITian always walking with chappal and trademark half-sleeved shirt was epitome of commitment, dedication, simplicity and highest integrity. Irreparable loss to the public life of country. Respect #ManoharParrikar Ji. Om Shanti…!! pic.twitter.com/YyiKeJaaWq
— Dinesh Dasa (@dineshdasa1) March 17, 2019
Extremely saddened at the news of passing away of Goa CM Sh Manohar Parrikar ji. A symbol of simplicity in politics who led a humble life is no longer with us. May his family bear the irreparable loss with courage. Prayers with them
— Arvind Kejriwal (@ArvindKejriwal) March 17, 2019