Condolences poured in following the death of three-time Goa Chief Minister and former Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar from all quarters, and from across the political spectrum. The news of his death was announced by President of India Ram Nath Kovind, who called him an “epitome of integrity and dedication in public life”.
Parrikar passed away at the age of 63 after a prolonged battle with pancreatic cancer. He was diagnosed with advanced pancreatic cancer in February last year and has been in and out of hospitals in Goa, Mumbai, Delhi and New York since.
Tributes to the BJP leader called him a "true patriot" and a "symbol of simplicity in politics".
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 #PresidentKovind— President of India (@rashtrapatibhvn) March 17, 2019
Shri Manohar Parrikar was an unparalleled leader.— Chowkidar Narendra Modi (@narendramodi) March 17, 2019
A true patriot and exceptional administrator, he was admired by all. His impeccable service to the nation will be remembered by generations.
Deeply saddened by his demise. Condolences to his family and supporters.
Om Shanti. pic.twitter.com/uahXme3ifp
Deeply saddened to learn about the untimely passing away of Shri Manohar Parrikar, Chief Minister of Goa.— VicePresidentOfIndia (@VPSecretariat) March 17, 2019
He is one of the most lovable and honest senior politicians of our country. He was a dynamic and dedicated individual who led life full of values and principles.#Parrikar pic.twitter.com/TJ29N0w8V2
Saddened at the passing away of Goa Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar ji. He patiently endured his illness. Condolences to his family and his admirers— Mamata Banerjee (@MamataOfficial) March 17, 2019
Manohar Parrikar ji’s demise is extremely painful. In him, the nation has lost a true patriot who selflessely dedicated his entire life to the country and ideology. Parrikar ji’s commitment towards his people and duties was exemplary.— Chowkidar Amit Shah (@AmitShah) March 17, 2019
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.— Rahul Gandhi (@RahulGandhi) March 17, 2019
Respected and admired across party lines, he was one of Goa’s favourite sons.
My condolences to his family in this time of grief.
Deepest condolences over the untimely death of former Defence Minister and Chief Minister of Goa Shri Manohar Parrikar. May his soul rest in peace. May God give strength and support to the bereaved family at this saddest hour.— N Chandrababu Naidu (@ncbn) March 17, 2019
लंबे वक्त से बीमार चल रहे गोवा के मुख्यमंत्री श्री मनोहर पर्रिकर जी का जाना दुखद! ईश्वर उनकी आत्मा को शांति एवं परिवार को शक्ति दे। राजनीतिक जीवन में उनका योगदान सदैव स्मरणीय रहेगा। शत् शत् नमन!— Akhilesh Yadav (@yadavakhilesh) March 17, 2019
A leader, a mentor, a friend- Parrikar Sir meant all that & more to my family. But then every Goan can say the same for that was the persona of Manohar Parrikar. He taught me dignity in the face of adversity, loyalty in tough times & perseverance so that determined goals are met.— Chowkidar Smriti Z Irani (@smritiirani) March 17, 2019
Exceedingly sad to lose Mr Parrikar.— Kiran Bedi (@thekiranbedi) March 17, 2019
A thorough gentleman, who battled with poor health yet gave himself to work till the last moment of his life.
A man of high principles who loved simplicity. I recall my meeting with him for prison programs in Goa.
May his soul rest in peace
My condolences to the bereaved family of Shri. Manohar Parrikar. I met him only once, when he graciously visited my mother at the hospital two years ago. May his soul rest in peace.— Priyanka Gandhi Vadra (@priyankagandhi) March 17, 2019
Extremely saddened at the news of passing away of Goa CM Sh Manohar Parrikar ji. A symbol of simplicity in politics who led a humble life is no longer with us. May his family bear the irreparable loss with courage. Prayers with them— Arvind Kejriwal (@ArvindKejriwal) March 17, 2019
Extremely saddened to hear about the demise of Chief Minister of Goa, Thiru Manohar Parrikar.— M.K.Stalin (@mkstalin) March 17, 2019
On behalf of DMK, I extend my deepest condolences to his family, friends and fellow party persons.
Saddened to know about the demise of senior BJP leader Shri Manohar Parrikar ji, Chief Minister of Goa. He always led by example in his public life & was loved by masses. He will be missed by everyone of us. May God render peace to the departed soul. Om Shanti ॐ शान्ति— Chowkidar Arun Jaitley (@arunjaitley) March 17, 2019
Pained by the news of Goa CM & Former Defence Minister @manoharparrikar Ji passing away. Had the privilege of working with him closely in my former role as Industry Minister. Always held him in high regard— KTR (@KTRTRS) March 17, 2019
My heartfelt condolences to his family & friends. Rest in Peace Sir pic.twitter.com/P6UhZApeBz
Tributes also poured in for the BJP leader from citizens, praising him for the politician he was.
impeccable integrity.— Ajit Ranade (@ajit_ranade) March 17, 2019
rumpled shirt, chappals
often carried his luggage
arriving in a rickshaw.
plain speaking. fearless.
repeat winner in multi-religious constituency
four time Chief Minister
IITian, Defence Minister of India
great son of India gone too soon
RIP #ManoharParrikar pic.twitter.com/01o31FjvEn
Two relatively young politicians with friends and admirers from across the spectrum, who had a lot more to give to India and their respective states, have perished in quick succession. Why do the good ones go so early? #ManoharParrikar #AnanthKumar— Rakshith Ponnathpur (@rsponnathpur) March 17, 2019
A noble & self-less soul like #ManoharParrikar will never rest in peace. He will always come back in the service of our people & our nation! What I saw in him, my boss, is something that I will carry to my grave. Serving you has been the biggest honour of my life Sir. pic.twitter.com/01NbJdlppS— Prasanna Karthik R (@prasannakarthik) March 17, 2019