Goa CM Manohar Parrikar passes away: Cricketing fraternity mourns demise of unparalleled leader
A number of cricketers expressed their grief and here are some reactions to the leader’s death on social media.
Updated - Mar 18, 2019 10:27 am
Manohar Parrikar, the chief minister of Goa who had been ailing for some time now, passed away at a hospital in Panaji, Goa, on Sunday. The four-time chief minister was serving his latest term since March 2017 after a stint as the defence minister. The BJP leader was suffering from pancreatic cancer and was 63 at the time of his demise. The announcement of his death was made in a tweet by President Ram Nath Kovind and people across the spectrum came up with their condolences.
Born in Mapusa, Goa, in 1955, Parrikar was educated in IIT Bombay and by becoming an MLA in his state in the mid-1990s, he was the first IITian to become a legislator of an Indian state. The man, who was fond of Goan fish curry, had once said that he missed his favourite dish during his stint in New Delhi. He served as the defence minister between November 2014 when he replaced an overburdened foreign minister Arun Jaitley and continued till March 2017 when he returned to Goa to become its CM again following the Assembly election – proving that there was not many options his state had when it came to political leadership.
“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,” President Kovind tweeted about Parrikar’s death.
The health condition of Parikkar, who was seen working with a frail appearance and pipes attached to his nose, fluctuated in the recent times and he was seen in and out of hospitals in Goa, Mumbai, Delhi and New York since February 2018. Last month, the senior politician was admitted to Goa Medical College and Hospital near Panaji. His condition deteriorated on Saturday. In January, he had said that he would “serve Goa till my last breath” and he indeed kept his words.
Cricketers’ reaction to the leader’s death
The sporting fraternity also came up with tweets to pay homage to Parrikar. A number of cricketers expressed their grief and here are some reactions to the leader’s death on social media.
— Virender Sehwag (@virendersehwag) March 17, 2019
Heartfelt Condolences and thoughts with the family of Manohar Parrikar ji ! pic.twitter.com/fGQS0IyCiz
— Mohammad Kaif (@MohammadKaif) March 17, 2019
Extremely saddened to know about the passing away of our ex defence minister and Goa Chief minister Shri Manohar Parrikar ji. May his soul RIP. pic.twitter.com/mYTZAEfkmn
— Wriddhiman Saha (@Wriddhipops) March 17, 2019
— ramesh powar (@imrameshpowar) March 17, 2019
Deeply saddened to hear the demise of Sh. Manohar Parrikar Ji. May your soul rest in peace 🙏🏻 pic.twitter.com/IBHZB1UOom
— Suresh Raina🇮🇳 (@ImRaina) March 17, 2019
— VVS Laxman (@VVSLaxman281) March 17, 2019
We have lost a true statesman, one of the most hard-working and honest politician. A real people’s person. May Parrikar sir's soul rest in peace. #ManoharParrikar
— R P Singh रुद्र प्रताप सिंह (@rpsingh) March 17, 2019
Saddened to hear the news of #ManoharParrikar ji's demise.
May his soul rest in peace.
— VINOD KAMBLI (@vinodkambli349) March 17, 2019
— Ishant Sharma (@ImIshant) March 17, 2019
— Rahul Sharma (@ImRahulSharma3) March 17, 2019
Rest in peace sir 🙏🏼#ManoharParrikar
— Pragyan Prayas Ojha (@pragyanojha) March 17, 2019
He was a visionary, an exemplary person with utmost integrity. My heartfelt condolences to the family. RIP #ManoharParrikar 🙏🏼🙏🏼
— Sandeep sharma (@sandeep25a) March 17, 2019
Terribly pained and saddened by the news of the demise of Chief minister of Goa shri #ManoharParrikar ji . He was one of the greatest leaders of the BJP and the state of Goa . Today our country has lost a man of the people and a true statesman . #RIP pic.twitter.com/lnU43VRO6V
— Sreesanth (@sreesanth36) March 17, 2019
— Bishan Bedi (@BishanBedi) March 17, 2019