In February 2018, Goa Chief Minister was diagnosed with advanced pancreatic cancer and had been undergoing treatment for the same since then.
Parrikar had been dedicatedly continuing all his official commitments as the CM of Goa despite suffering from ill health, showcasing an example of extraordinary courage and integrity.
He served as the Chief Minister of Goa since March 14, 2017. A graduate from IIT Mumbai, his contributions pertain to the modernisation and development of defence forces is marked as unparalleled.
He inaugurated the 8th Elets Knowledge Exchange Summit in 2017.
Watch his address here:
Condolences started pouring in on Twitter from political leaders and celebrities in reaction to the news:
Shri Manohar Parrikar was an unparalleled leader.
A true patriot and exceptional administrator, he was admired by all. His impeccable service to the nation will be remembered by generations.
Deeply saddened by his demise. Condolences to his family and supporters.
Om Shanti. pic.twitter.com/uahXme3ifp
— Chowkidar Narendra Modi (@narendramodi) March 17, 2019
Manohar Parrikar ji’s demise is extremely painful. In him, the nation has lost a true patriot who selflessely dedicated his entire life to the country and ideology. Parrikar ji’s commitment towards his people and duties was exemplary.
— Chowkidar Amit Shah (@AmitShah) March 17, 2019
Extremely saddened to know about the sad demise of our beloved and stalwart leader Shri Manohar Parrikar Ji. His exemplary leadership will continue to inspire us and serve as a benchmark.
— Chowkidar Piyush Goyal (@PiyushGoyal) 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
Terribly pained and saddened….
With the sudden demise of Goa CM #ManoharParrikar ji, we have lost a humble, simple, trusted, valued and hardworking leader of India. His dedication towards his work was beyond imagination. pic.twitter.com/I6a2AQ4a87
— Chowkidar Devendra Fadnavis (@Dev_Fadnavis) March 17, 2019
Deeply deeply saddened to know about the untimely demise of Shri #ManoharParrikar ji. He was one of the most real, dignified, intelligent, warm, down-to-earth & honest person I had met. He had a great quality of inspiring people so effortlessly. Will miss him. Om Shanti.? pic.twitter.com/4i4noSWSDZ
— Anupam Kher (@AnupamPKher) March 17, 2019
— VVS Laxman (@VVSLaxman281) March 17, 2019