Panaji: Goa Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar passed away on Sunday evening. President Ram Nath Kovind was the first to break the sad news of the Goa CM passing away.
Earlier in the evening, Goa Chief Minister’s office had tweeted that Manohar Parrikar’s health condition was extremely critical and doctors were trying their best. The Goa CM was suffering from pancreatic cancer and was admitted to the All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS) on January 31.
He had undergone a check-up on March 3 at the Goa Medical College and Hospital (GMCH) and later was released under stable conditions. Last month too, Parrikar had undergone an operation at the GMCH. Earlier today, reports of Parrikar’s deteriorating health had surfaced.
The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) had convened an urgent meeting at its Panaji office in the morning, to decide on the future course of its government in the state. All the BJP leaders and members are expected to attend the meeting.
BJP MLA and deputy Speaker of Goa Assembly Michael Lobo on Sunday had said, “An emergency meeting was held as Parrikarji got really ill last night. Doctors are seeing him and not saying that he’ll recover. By-polls are also near in three constituencies and the meeting was also to finalise the candidature. However, there would be no leadership change in the state. We’re praying that he gets well, but there are no chances, he is very ill. But if anything happens to him, a new CM will be appointed from the BJP.”
Sources, requesting anonymity had told IANS that Parrikar’s blood pressure had dropped considerably on Saturday morning itself.