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Condolences pour in after the sad demise of Goa CM Manohar Parrikar

Manohar Parrikar. Photograph:( PTI )

WION Web Team New Delhi, Delhi, India Mar 17, 2019, 08.56 PM (IST)

Condolences began pouring in from all over India the moment after the news of sad demise of Goa Chief Minister and former Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar.

The death was announced by President of India from his Twitter handle.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi called him an unparalleled leader in his tweet.

''Shri Manohar Parrikar was an unparalleled leader. 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,'' Modi tweeted.

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''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,'' Finance Minister Arun Jaitley tweeted.

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''Entire BJP stands firmly with Parrikar ji’s family. I along with millions of BJP karyakartas and importantly the people of Goa, who were his family, express my deepest condolences. May God give the bereaved family strength to withstand this tragic loss. Om Shanti Shanti Shanti,'' BJP President Amit Shah tweeted.

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"Shri Manohar Parrikar is no more. A sincere, honest and sensitive political activist. Was simple and down to earth, I learnt a lot from Shri Parrikar. As Raksha Mantri his contribution to making the armed forces a modernised, lean and mean fighting machine will remain unparalleled," tweeted Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman.

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Home Minister Rajnath Singh also recalled the honesty and integrity of the late Goa Chief Minister while expressing his condolence."Deeply saddened and pained by the demise of my dear friend and Chief Minister of Goa, Shri Manohar Parrikar. He was known for his honesty, integrity and simplicity. He served the nation and the state of Goa with great diligence. My heartfelt condolences to his bereaved family," he said.

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Congress president Rahul Gandhi also called him one of Goa`s favourite sons and wrote, "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. Respected and admired across party lines, he was one of Goa`s favourite sons. My condolences to his family in this time of grief."

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Congress general secretary, Priyanka Gandhi recalled her only meet with Parrikar while expressing her condolence."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," she said.

West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee also expressed grief over the death of Goa Chief Minister and said, "Saddened at the passing away of Goa Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar ji. He patiently endured his illness. Condolences to his family and his admirers."Goa Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar, 63, breathed his last on Sunday evening in Goa.

Parrikar, who was suffering from a pancreatic ailment, had been in and out of hospitals in Goa, Mumbai, Delhi and New York since February last year.