Parrikar’s eldest son Utpal lit the funeral pyre

GOA Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar was cremated with state honours here on Monday, with thousands bidding the affable politician a fond farewell. BJP President Amit Shah, some Union Ministers and Chief Ministers of BJP-ruled states attended the funeral at Miramar. Parrikar’s eldest son Utpal lit the funeral pyre. The funeral procession started from the Kala Academy where thousands, including Prime Minister Narendra Modi, paid their last respects to the former Defence Minister. The mortal remains of the 63-year-old senior BJP leader were kept in a flower-decked hearse which left for the Miramar beach, where the last rites were performed. The affection and popularity Parrikar enjoyed among ordinary Goans was on display as hundreds of common folks, and his party workers lined up to pay tributes to the Chief Minister, who died on Sunday after prolonged illness. PM Modi pays tribute to Parrikar: PRIME Minister Narendra Modi on Monday paid tribute to Goa Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar, who died of pancreatic cancer on Sunday.

After arriving in the coastal state, Modi reached the Kala Academy in Panaji where he paid his last respect to the 63-year-old senior leader. He met Parrikar’s family members and offered his condolences to them. Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman also met Parrikar’s family members. Earlier in New Delhi, a Union Cabinet meeting was convened to condole the demise of Parrikar, following which Modi left for Goa. BJP President Amit Shah will also be in the coastal state to take part in the funeral procession of the late leader, the party said.Earlier in the morning, his mortal remains were kept the BJP office in Panaji, located around three km from the Kala Bhawan, for the party leaders and workers to pay their last respects. Parrikar, a four-time Chief Minister, died at his private residence on Sunday evening after battling the pancreatic cancer since February last year. The IIT graduate represented Panaji Assembly seat in the State for over two decades.

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