Goa Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar, Battling Illness, Dies At 63: Updates

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Manohar Parrikar was diagnosed with a pancreatic ailment in February last year.

NEW DELHI:

Goa Chief Minister and former Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar, who had been battling a pancreatic ailment for more than a year, has died at his home in Panaji at the age of 63. The former Defence Minister had been in and out of hospital in Goa, Mumbai, Delhi and New York since February last year. Earlier today, his office tweeted that Mr Parrikar was is "extremely critical". The three-time chief minister had said in January that he "will serve Goa till my last breath." Mr Parrikar was the Defence Minister in 2016 when India conducted a surgical strike on terror launch pads across the Line of Control days after the terror attack in Jammu and Kashmir's Uri. Mr Parrikar, in recent months, had made public appearances with a tube in his nose, looking frail. Mr Parrikar headed a coalition government, which is supported by the Goa Forward Party (GFP), the Maharashravadi Gomantak Party (MGP), and three Independent lawmakers in Goa. His death leaves the state in a crisis, as the Congress has written to the Goa Governor to dismiss the "minority" government, and to invite them to form the government.

Here are the updates of this story:

Mar 17, 201920:13 (IST) The Union Cabinet will hold a condolence meet tomorrow at 11 am after the death of Goa Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar, news agency ANI reported.Mar 17, 201920:12 (IST) Union Minister Vijay Kumar Singh expressed his grief after the death of former defence minister and Goa chief minister Manohar Parrikar:

Sad demise of @manoharparrikar ji leaves a void in our lives. He was a leader who came up with pragmatic solutions to the most complex problems-Goa & India have lost a stalwart today. The nation & I mourn your loss, & will miss you. Rest In Peace my dear friend. ऊँ शान्ति शान्ति। pic.twitter.com/fS8MvL8dW4

– Vijay Kumar Singh (@Gen_VKSingh) 17 March 2019

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