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Manohar Parrikar was an important Indian politician and a prominent leader of Bharatiya Janata Party. He served as Defence Minister of India from 2014 to 2017. He was the Chief Minister of Goa from 14 March 2017 till his death. Hard working and dedicated he expanded the base of his party in Goa.
Born in Mapusa, Goa, Parrikar graduated from Indian Institute of Technology, Mumbai with a B.Tech degree in metallurgical engineering. Coming from RSS background, he made debut in the state assembly in 1994 and since then there was no looking back. During initial years Parrikar made his mark as an aggressive Opposition leaderand dominated the legislative proceedings. He was instrumental in building and expanding the base of BJP in the state. He helped the BJP gain acceptability in the largely Catholic state.
Manohar Parrikar for the first time became the Chief Minister of Goa on 24 October 2000. The technocrat-politician helped the BJP gain both the Lok Sabha seats in Goa in 2014 General Elections. At the time he was serving as Chief Minister of Goa. An able administrator, he was persuaded by Prime Minister Narendra Modi to join the central government. He served in the National Democratic Alliance government as Defence Minister of India from 2014 to 2017. In Goa, he was succeeded by his colleague Laxmikant Parsekar.
As a defense minister, he played a key role in planning the 2016 surgical strike against terror launch pads in Pakistan Occupied Kashmir (PoK). Due to political compulsions, he was again sent to Goa where after hung Assembly caused a deep political crisis. On March 14, 2017, Parrikar was sworn in as Chief Minister of Goa. Previously he was Chief Minister of Goa from 2000 to 2005 and from 2012 to 2014.
Illness and death
Manohar Parrikar was diagnosed with a pancreatic ailment. Since then, he received treatment at various hospitals across Mumbai, New Delhi, Goa, and the US. He passed away on 17 March 2019 at the age of 63 years at his residence in Panaji.
Parrikar death was widely condoled on social media. Many eminent personalities paid their respect to the departed soul.
President Ram Nath Kovind: 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
Chowkidar Narendra Modi: Shri Manohar Parrikar was the builder of modern Goa. Thanks to his affable personality and accessible nature, he remained the preferred leader of the state for years. His pro-people policies ensured Goa scales remarkable heights of progress.
Chowkidar Narendra Modi: 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.
Chowkidar Amit Shah: Entire BJP stands firmly with Parrikar ji’s family. I along with millions of BJP karyakartas and importantly the people of Goa, who were his family, express my deepest condolences. May God give the bereaved family strength to withstand this tragic loss. Om Shanti Shanti Shanti.
Chowkidar Nirmala Sitharaman: 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.
Rahul Gandhi: 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.
Akhilesh Yadav: लंबे वक्त से बीमार चल रहे गोवा के मुख्यमंत्री श्री मनोहर पर्रिकर जी का जाना दुखद! ईश्वर उनकी आत्मा को शांति एवं परिवार को शक्ति दे। राजनीतिक जीवन में उनका योगदान सदैव स्मरणीय रहेगा। शत् शत् नमन!
Chowkidar Arun Jaitley: Saddened to know about the demise of senior BJP leader Shri Manohar Parrikar ji, Chief Minister of Goa. He always led by example in his public life & was loved by masses. He will be missed by everyone of us. May God render peace to the departed soul. Om Shanti ॐ शान्ति
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