New Delhi: Goa Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar who died on Sunday evening had tweeted for the last time on March 11, 2019. The ailing leader, in his last post, had paid tribute to Goa’s first Chief Minister Dayanand Bandodkar on his birth anniversary.

“Tributes to Goa’s first Chief Minister Dayanand (Bhausaheb) Bandodkar on his birth anniversary. We remember his invaluable contribution in building a strong foundation for Goa’s progress,” Parrikar had tweeted.

The former defence minister was battling a pancreatic ailment. He died at his private residence in Dona Paula near Panaji. He was 63. “The chief minister passed away around 6.40 pm Sunday,” a senior state government official told PTI.  Sources said Parrikar had been on life support system since late Saturday night.

Following his death, Narendra Modi-led Centre has announced national mourning on March 18. State funeral will also be accorded to him. National Flag will fly at half-mast in the National Capital and capitals of States and UTs.

Notably, the former Defence Minister had been unwell since February 2018 when he was diagnosed with a pancreatic ailment.  His health started deteriorating in February 2018. He was flown to the US in the first week of March last year where he remained admitted at hospital till June.

Parrikar attended the monsoon session of Assembly from July 19 to August 3, and left for the USA on August 10 for the second round of checkup. He returned to Goa on August 22, 2018.

After being treated at a makeshift medical facility at his residence, Parrikar was shifted to the AIIMS New Delhi on September 15 last year. After almost a month-long treatment, he returned to Goa on October 14.

Parrikar stunned everyone when he reached the CM’s office on January 2 this year after a gap of almost two-and-a-half months. On January 27, he attended the inauguration of the third bridge on Mandovi river along with Union minister Nitin Gadkari.