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Goa Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar passed away at the age of 63 on Sunday. Earlier in the evening, the Chief Minister’s office  on Twitter had informed about his critical condition. 

Offering his condolences, president Ram nath Kovind said, “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”. 

Union Minister VK Singh also expressed grief over Parrikar’s demise, he said, “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.”

Earlier in the day, BJP core committee leader Dayanand Mandrekar had said Parrikar’s health had deteriorated and the party may appoint a new leader soon to succeed Parrikar.

“Had Manohar Parrikar been fit, there would not have been a need to change the leader but his health is very critical now, deteriorating day after day. Party should take some decision. From centre to Goa, some decision should be taken. I think it will be done,” Mandrekar had told ANI.

Deputy Speaker and Calangute BJP MLA Michael Lobo had also stated Parrikar was “very ill,” and there were “no chances of him getting well.”

Parrikar, who was suffering from a pancreatic ailment, has been in and out of hospitals in Goa, Mumbai, Delhi and New York since February last year.

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