Goa Chief Minister and former Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar, who had been battling cancer for more than a year, died at his home in Panaji at the age of 63 on Sunday. His body was kept at the BJP head office in state capital Panaji in the morning where people paid their final respects to him from 11 am to 4 pm at Kala Academy.
The funeral procession began and the last rites were performed at Miramar.
The BJP's Pramod Sawant has been sworn in as the new Chief Minister of Goa with an unprecedented two deputies for the state, one from each alliance partner.
Arriving at midnight at the Governor's House, Mr Sawant called it a "big responsibility". The BJP persuaded its partners to accept Mr Sawant, the Goa Speaker, after talks that started soon after the chief minister's death and continued overnight. Allies Maharashtrawadi Gomantak Party (MGP) and Goa Forward Party (GFP) relented after snagging two deputy Chief Minister posts in the state which has a cabinet of 12.
Here are the LIVE Updates over Manohar Parrikar's funeral:
Pramod Pandurang Sawant has come a long way over the years, from being an ayurveda practitioner to the man poised to be the next Chief Minister of Goa.
BJP president Amit Shah, some Union ministers and chief ministers of BJP-ruled states attended the funeral at Miramar.
Manohar 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 coastal state is in a politically fluid situation after the death of BJP Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar Sunday. While the Congress has staked claim to form the next government, the BJP is also meeting its allies to decide on Parrikar's successor.
Senior Congress leader Ghulam Nabi Azad said in New Delhi, "I will like to attract the attention of whole country as well as the media that democracy should be established (in Goa). And governors, who sit on the position of a judge, should take correct decision. The one who has a majority should form a government. It is not right for democracy if artificial majority is created as per the directions of central government," he told a press conference, reported PTI.
On Governor Sinha not responding to the Congress's demand for allowing it to form a government in the state, Mr Azad said, "The governor should work as a governor and not for a party."
He also referred to the last Assembly elections in the state and mentioned that the Congress emerged as the single largest party and tried form a government.
"What we tried before, we are trying again. When elections happened in Goa, the Congress emerged as the number one party. The BJP got fewer seats (than Congress). Now, the BJP's MLA count has gone down (further). BJP's MLA count is 11 and Congress''s is 14. We have three MLAs more as compared to them," he told reporters.
Mr Azad said among the other parties, the Goa Forward Party has three, the MGP has three, the NCP one and remaining three are independents and there is one speaker.
"The way they have come forward to stake claim to form the government in the state shows that they had been waiting for him to die. It is highly insensitive on their part to play politics even in such situations," said Mr Sharma while talking to ANI.
Manohar Parrikar, a senior BJP leader died on March 17 evening after a prolonged battle against cancer at the age of 63.
"I was very close to him. He has done a lot not only for the state of Goa, but for India, too. He lived his life as an honest politician and served the nation till his last breath," he said.
Goa Chief Minister and former Defence Minister was cremated with full state honours at Panjim's Miramar Beach this evening. Prime Minister Narendra Modi and a battery of ministers from the Centre and states paid their last respects to the leader.
The mortal remains of the 63-year-old senior BJP leader were kept in a flower-decked hearse which left the Kala Academy at Panaji for the Miramar beach, where the last rites will be performed, reported PTI.
The affection and popularity Mr 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, reported PTI.
Mr Parrikar will be accorded state funeral with full military honours at Miramar, an official said.
Earlier, gloom descended on the BJP office and hundreds of supporters of Mr Parrikar 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.
The support not only enabled the shooter from Kolhapur in Maharashtra to participate in the competition in 2005, but also became a turning point in her career as she scaled new heights thereafter, Ms Sawant said, according to PTI.
Her only regret now is that she could not thank the chief minister enough for his generosity which made a big contribution in her life and shooting career.
"It was a brief meeting with Parrikar along with family friend and senior BJP leader Chandrakant Patil. He just listened about my performance and estimated the expenditure. He then signed a cheque for me immediately," the ace shooter recalled while talking to PTI over phone.
"We met the Governor and staked claim to form the government as we are the single largest party in the state. We have 14 MLAs and we should be given the chance to form the government. We have told that we will prove majority. We are saddened by the demise of Goa Chief Minister," Mr Kavlekar told media after meeting the Governor, according to ANI.
The Congress communicated their claim to form the government hours after the death of Goa Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar's death. The opposition Congress is the single largest party in the 40-member Goa assembly.
Tamil Nadu Governor Banwarilal Purohit condoled the death of Goa Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar.
Our heartfelt condolences and prayers go to the family and friends of Manohar Parrikar, Goa Chief Minister and former Indian Defence Minister. He was greatly respected by the United States, and his loss will be deeply felt. pic.twitter.com/kTlBRWr6wI- Ken Juster (@USAmbIndia) March 18, 2019
A former IIT-B student who was present at the convocation ceremony said Manohar Parrikar asked students to join politics and the Army. "Why can't IIT graduates, who have had the best engineering education in the country, take up academics and run some of these colleges, and transform their quality?" Mr Parrikar had then said.
The Indian Institute of Technology Bombay (IIT-B) will hold a condolence meet on Monday evening to pay tributes to their alumnus, Goa chief minister Manohar Parrikar. The meeting will be held at 5 pm at the institute's PC Saxena auditorium, an IIT-B spokesperson said.
My heartfelt condolences on the demise of Shri Manohar Parrikar Ji. A remarkable person who impressed everyone with his simplicity & dedication towards his duties. Generations will remember him & will be inspired by him as he choose the path of integrity & utmost dedication 🙏🏽💐 pic.twitter.com/xVr72aOPnE- Chowkidar Meenakashi Lekhi (@M_Lekhi) March 17, 2019
Goa: Union Minister and senior BJP leader Nitin Gadkari arrives in Panaji for the BJP legislature meet following the demise of Goa CM Manohar Parrikar. pic.twitter.com/yUPKZ2FKIp- ANI (@ANI) March 17, 2019
Sad to hear the demise of Shri Manohar Parrikar. I fondly remember our meetings, particularly about water sharing. He was always positive. He also had a significant tenure as the Defence Minister. He put up a brave fight against his ailment.- Prithviraj Chavan (@prithvrj) March 17, 2019
My condolences to the family.
The four-time chief minister will be accorded a state funeral. Home Minister Rajnath Singh will be going to Goa to be a part of the funeral. A meeting of the Union Cabinet has been called at 10am as well.