Mr. Manohar Parrikar was elected as the CM for Goa 4 times. Goa Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar passed away last evening after a long battle with cancer. He was 63. He was diagnosed with pancreatic cancers few years back and as time passed, it took toll over his health completely. Parrikar had been in and out of hospitals in Goa, Mumbai, Delhi, and New York since February last year. After coming back from his last New York trip for his treatment, Parrikar, was seen wearing medical paraphernalia -a nasogastric tube. He even appeared for the assemble meeting despite his health trouble.
Parrikar was re-elected 4 times for his progressive work. He was a IIT Mumbai 1978 batch passout and had a great vision for Goa development. He led a coalition government, which is backed by the Goa Forward Party (GFP), the Maharashtravadi Gomantak Party (MGP), and three independent lawmakers in Goa.
With the sad demise of chief minister Manohar Parrikar, the BJP-led coalition in Goa has to search for a new leader to replace him. The death of the former defence minister, who represented the Panaji assembly seat, will also necessitate a fourth bypoll in Goa, where by-elections are scheduled for the Shiroda, Mandrem and Mapusa assembly constituencies on April 23. These will held in the state along with the Lok Sabha polls.
A one day mourning has been observed in Goa and all school and college are kept closed to express grief for the loose of such a great leader and a vision.