Manohar Parrikar was epitome of integrity and dedication in public life: Ram Nath Kovind

Vastavam web: President Ram Nath Kovind Monday expressed grief over the demise of Goa chief minister Manohar Parrikar, saying he was an “epitome of integrity and dedication in public life”. The former defence minister was battling a pancreatic ailment and died at his private residence in Dona Paula near Panaji, officials said. He was 63. “Extremely sorry to hear of the passing of Shri Manohar Parrikar, Chief Minister of Goa, after an illness borne with fortitude and dignity.

Parrikar’s health was fluctuating for a year and took a turn for the worse in the past two days.He is survived by his two sons and their families. “The chief minister passed away around 6.40 pm Sunday,” a senior state government official told. Sources said Parrikar had been on life support system since late Saturday night.