Panaji, March 18: Manohar Parrikar, who died at his private residence on Sunday evening after a prolonged battle with pancreatic cancer, will be laid to rest at 4:30 pm today. The funeral procession of Manohar Parrikar to Miraman will begin at 4:00 pm and last rites will be performed at around 5:00 pm at SAG grounds in Campal, approximately 4km from Panaji. Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh and other ministers and politicians are expected to arrive in Goa to attend final journey of Manohar Parrikar. Catch live updates on Parrikar's funeral procession and last rites here.
Manohar Parrikar, four-time Goa Chief Minister and former Defence Minister, will be accorded a state funeral. According to the Goa CMO, Parrikar's body will be kept at the Panjim BJP head office from 9:30 am to 10:30 am. His mortal remains will be then brought at Kala Academy in Panaji for public to pay their final respects to Parrikar. His body will be kept for public viewing until 4:00 pm after which the funeral procession will be held. Antim Kriya or last rites of Parrikar will be performed at around 5:00 pm. RIP Manohar Parrikar: Goa Board of Secondary and Higher Secondary Education Postpones Monday’s Exam, Reschedules it to March 29.
In view of the sitting Chief Minister's death, the state government has declared seven-day mourning. The Central government has announced national mourning on Monday and the national flag will fly at half-mast all across the country. President Ram Nath Kovind was among the first to pay tributes, terming Parrikar an "epitome of integrity and dedication" and whose services to people of Goa and of India will not be forgotten. Prime Minister Narendra Modi remembered Parrikar as "builder of modern Goa" and that the county would be "eternally grateful" to him for his tenure as Defence Minister.
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BJP President Amit Shah championed the departed as a "true patriot". Congress President Rahul Gandhi, in his condolence tweet, said: "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." Manohar Parrikar Dies at 63: From IIT Graduate to Defence Minister — Life And Times of The Late Goa CM.
Parrikar headed the Goa government from 2000-05 and 2012-14, before joining the Narendra Modi government as Defence Minister from 2014. He assumed the mantle on four occasions from 2000, but could not complete a single full term in office. He was the country's first Indian Institute of Technology alumnus to serve as Chief Minister of a state. He returned to state politics in 2017 to lead a coalition government headed by the BJP. A widower, Parrikar is survived by his sons, Utpal and Abhijat, their wives and a grandson.