Manohar Parrikar cremated with state honours; PM Modi pays tribute

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Panaji: Prime Minister Narendra Modi pays homage to Goa Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar, who passed away battling pancreatic ailment yesterday, in Panaji, Monday, March 18, 2019. (PTI Photo)

Panaji: Prime Minister Narendra Modi pays homage to Goa Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar, who passed away battling pancreatic ailment yesterday, in Panaji, Monday, March 18, 2019. (PTI Photo)

Goa chief minister Manohar Parrikar was cremated with state honours on Monday, with thousands bidding the affable politician a fond farewell.

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.

BJP president Amit Shah, some Union ministers and chief ministers of BJP-ruled states attended the funeral at Miramar.

The mortal remains of the 63-year-old senior BJP leader were kept in a flower-decked hearse which left the Kala Academy here 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 a prolonged illness.

Parrikar was accorded state funeral with full military honours at Miramar, an official said.

Earlier, a pall of gloom descended on the BJP office and hundreds of Parrikar supporters turned emotional when his mortal remains, wrapped in the tricolour, were brought there.

As the vehicle carrying his body travelled 5 km from his private residence in Dona Paula to Panaji in the morning, people tried to catch a glimpse of the leader, who rose from the small coastal state to become the country’s defence minister.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi paid tribute to Parrikar the Kala Academy and met his family members and offered his condolences to them.

Defence minister Nirmala Sitharaman also met Parrikar’s family members.

(PTI)