Modi, Rajnath Singh to attend Parrikar’s funeral

Panaji: Goa Chief Minister and former Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar, who had been battling pancreatic cancer for over a year, passed away at his son’s home in Panaji on Sunday evening.

Manohar Parrikar’s health had been fluctuating for several days and worsened on Saturday morning. He was 63.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Home Minister Rajnath Singh will go to Goa to pay their condolence to the departed leader. Chief Ministers of various BJP-ruled states will also reach Goa.

A meeting of the Union Cabinet has been convened to pay respects to Parrikar.

Condolence messages are pouring in from political leaders across the board.

President Ramnath Kovind tweeted “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.”

His body has been kept at the Goa BJP office and at the Kala Academy for people to pay their homage to the leader. He will be cremated this evening.

The central government has announced a day’s national mourning today, during which all schools and colleges in Goa would be shut.