Panaji: Prime Minister Narendra Modi offered last respects to former Goa chief minister Manohar Parrikar in Panaji on Monday. Defence minister Nirmala Sitharaman was also present. After paying their last tributes, Modi, Sitharaman and Goa Governor Mridula Sinha met the family members of Parrikar.
Parrikar, who died at his residence in Panaji on Sunday, would be accorded state funeral with full military honours today. The Centre had announced a national mourning after his death. The 63-year-old BJP leader was diagnosed with advanced pancreatic cancer in February last year and was repeatedly admitted to hospitals in Goa, Mumbai, New Delhi and New York.
Manohar Gopalkrishna Prabhu Parrikar belonged to a business family in Parra village (from which his family derives its name). He not only dominated Goa politics for two decades but was also a rare national leader from the state.
Thousands gathered on the steets of Panaji on Monday to catch a final glimpse of Manohar Parrikar as his mortal remains were brought to the BJP office for party workers to pay their last respect. His remains would be taken to Kala Academy, around three km from the BJP office, later on Monday, to allow the public pay their tribute to him.
The final rites of Parrikar will be performed at 5 pm on Monday at the Miramar beach next to the memorial of Goa’s first chief minister Dayanand Bandodkar, PTI reported.
MHA Joint Secretary S K Shahi, in an order issued on Sunday, said the defence ministry is requested to make arrangements for state funeral with full military honours. “It has been decided by the government that state funeral will be accorded to the departed dignitary,” Shahi has said in the circular.