New Delhi: The mortal remains of late Chief Minister of Goa, Manohar Parrikar were consigned to flames at Miramar near Panaji this evening. The former Defence Minister was accorded a state funeral with full military honours. Several dignitaries, including BJP president Amit Shah were present.
Manohar Parrikar, who was 63, breathed his last yesterday at his residence near Panaji after battling a pancreatic ailment for over a year. He is survived by two sons.
AIR correspondent reports that the funeral procession of Mr Manohar Parrikar moved from the Kala Academy complex in Panaji to Miramar. It was attended in large numbers by followers and fans, who bid an emotional farewell to the popular leader.
BJP president Amit Shah and senior party leaders were also present at the cremation ceremony. Earlier, the mortal remains of Mr Parrikar were kept at Kala Academy and the BJP headquarters in Panaji for the public to pay their last respects.
Dignitaries including Prime Minister Narendra Modi and union ministers Nitin Gadkari, Suresh Prabhu, Nirmala Sitharaman, Smriti Irani and Shripad Naik and Maharashtra chief minister Devendra Fadnavis paid tribute to the departed leader.
Mr Parrikar will be remembered for his dynamism and contribution to Goa’s overall development, especially education and infrastructure.