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Updates: Announcement of new Goa chief minister soon, says Amit Shah

Goa CM Manohar Parrikar updates: The former defence minister died on Sunday, prompting the Centre to announce a national mourning even as tributes flowed in from across the political spectrum for the 63-year-old BJP leader.

By HT Correspondent | Mar 18, 2019 20:21 IST
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Goa chief minister Manohar Parrikar died at his residence in Panaji on Sunday, prompting the Centre to announce a national mourning even as tributes flowed in from across the political spectrum for the 63-year-old former defence minister who was widely considered the tallest BJP leader from the state.

Also Watch: PM Modi, Defence Minister Nirmala pay homage to Manohar Parrikar in Goa

 

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8:17 pm IST

Announcement of new Goa chief minister soon, says Amit Shah

“BJP lost a great leader after death of Manohar Parrikar. I have paid last respects to Manohar Parrikar. The BJP is with the family of Parrikar. The BJP leaders are discussing over the future course of action and the new chief minister of Goa will be announced soon,” said BJP chief Amit Shah.

6:15 pm IST

Thousands bid emotional farwell as Parrikar’s son Utpal lights funeral pyre

Thousands bid emotional farewell to Manohar Parrikar as his son Utpal lit the funeral pyre.

Thousands of supporters and BJP workers accompanied the funeral cortege from the Kala Academy Arts and Cultural Centre, where the remains had been kept throughout the day for the public to pay last respects to the nearby Miramar beach.

The mortal remains of Parrikar, wrapped in the national tri-colour, were placed on a pyre amid gun salutes at the beach and his elder son Utpal Parrikar consigned it to flames.

5:43 pm IST

Manohar Parrikar cremated with military honours, gun salute

Manohar Parrikar was cremated with full military honours. He was accorded with gun salute.

5:23 pm IST

US envoy to India condoles Parrikar’s death

United States Ambassador to India, Kenneth Juster, on Monday condoled the demise 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,” Juster tweeted.

5:13 pm IST

Parrikar’s funeral cortege reaches Miramar beach for final rites amid chants of ‘Manohar Parrikar amar rahe’

Parrikar’s funeral cortege has reached Miramar beach for the final rites amid chants of ‘Manohar Parrikar amar rahe’.

5:06 pm IST

US, Russia condole Parrikar’s death

United States Ambassador to India, Kenneth Juster, on Monday condoled the demise 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,” Juster tweeted.

Russian Ambassador to India Nikolay Kudashev also expressed his deepest condolences to Parrikar’s family.

“Your party and India have lost a charismatic leader, an eminent politician and a statesman of perfect integrity, whose role in political and social life was significant and inspiring. In his capacity as Defence Minister, he contributed greatly to the development of the mutually beneficial bilateral cooperation between our two countries and will be remembered in Russia as a true friend,” Kudashev wrote.

Russian Embassy in India tweeted, “#Russian Ambassador to #India H.E. Mr Nikolay #Kudashev expressed his deepest condolences to the family of Chief Minister of #Goa H.E. Mr Manohar #Parrikar, who passed away yesterday.”

4:56 pm IST

Thousands in cortege to bid him farewell

As Parrikar’s funeral procession began, thousand of common folk were in cortege to bid him farewell.

4:47 pm IST

Manohar Parrikar to be accorded a state funeral

Manohar Parrikar would be accorded a state funeral with full military honours, according to the home ministry. The central government has announced a national mourning on Monday

4:43 pm IST

Parrikar’s last rites will be performed at 5 pm

His last rites will be performed at 5 pm at the Miramar beach in Panaji, next to the memorial of Goa’s first chief minister Dayanand Bandodkar, who was also cremated there, a state BJP spokesperson said.

4:41 pm IST

Haryana declares one-day state mourning as a mark of respect to Parrikar

The Haryana government declared a one-day state mourning on Monday as a mark of respect to Goa Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar, who died of pancreatic cancer on Sunday.

“The State government has decided to observe a one-day state mourning as a mark of respect to the departed dignitary. The national flag will fly at half-mast on March 18,” an order issued by Haryana Chief Secretary’s office said.

4:32 pm IST

Thousands line up Goa streets to bid goodbye to Manohar Parrikar

The affection and popularity he enjoyed from ordinary Goans was on display as thousands of common folks, and his party workers lined up to pay tributes to Goa chief minister Manohar Parrikar, who died Sunday after prolonged illness.

4:28 pm IST

Sad that Cong playing politics after Parrikar’s death: BJP leader

“It is so sad that Congress party is finding this as an opportune moment to play politics in Goa. We all can wait for the politics but right now, here is a person whom not only his friends, followers and colleagues but also the adversaries always respected and liked as an individual,” Madhav said while reacting on the demise of Goa Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar.

3:05 pm IST

Smriti Irani gets emotional as she pays last respects to Parrikar

Union minister Smriti Irani gets emotional as she pays last respects to Manohar Parrikar in Panaji.

2:55 pm IST

Goa cancels Shigmo festivities

The department of tourism, Goa, has cancelled Shigmo festivities scheduled between March 21 and 24 as a mark of respect and observance of state mourning following the death of Manohar Parrikar. Shigmo is an annual spring festival celebrated in Goa with public parades and festivities.

2:40 pm IST

PM Modi meets Parrikar’s family members

Prime Minister Narendra Modi, defence minister Nirmala Sitharaman and Goa Governor Mridula Sinha meet family members of Manohar Parrikar, in Panaji.

2:36 pm IST

PM Modi pays last respects to Parrikar

Prime Minister Narendra Modi and defence minister Nirmala Sitharaman pay last respects to Manohar Parrikar.

 

1:52 pm IST

Rahul Gandhi observes two-minute silence at public rally

Congress president Rahul Gandhi and other party leaders observe two-minute silence at a public rally in Karnataka’s Kalaburagi to pay last respects to Manohar Parrikar.

1:45 pm IST

Congress stakes claim to form govt in Goa

“We met the Governor and staked claim to form the government as we are the single largest party in Goa. We have 14 MLAs and we should be given the chance to form the government. We have told that we will prove majority,” Chandrakant Kavlekar, Congress

1:40 pm IST

MGP refuses to comment on swearing in

“I can’t say anything about the swearing in because we have a meeting of the executive committee. Unless there is a decision there, we cannot give letters of support to them (BJP),” says MGP leader Sudin Dhavalikar.

1:30 pm IST

Congress leaders meet Goa Governor Mridula Sinha

1:25 pm IST

MGP leaders huddle in a meeting

We will have a meeting of the executive committee of MGP now to see how to go forward. Until that happens, I cannot confirm anything: MGP leader Sudin Dhavalikar.

1:20 pm IST

Swearing in of new Goa CM today itself: State BJP chief

As of now nothing is finalised (regarding CM candidate). Things should become clearer by 2pm. The swearing in will happen today itself, probably after 3pm: BJP Goa state president Vinay Tendulkar. He doesn’t say who will be sworn in.

1:15 pm IST

Goa Archbishop pays last respects to Manohar Parrikar

Goa Archbishop Filipe Néri Ferrão pays his last respects to Manohar Parrikar at Kala Academy, Panaji.

1:08 pm IST

Jayant Sinha offers condolences to Manohar Parrikar

Union minister Jayant Sinha offers condolences to Manohar Parrikar who passed away last evening.

1:00 pm IST

Congress MLAs in Goa reach Raj Bhavan

Congress MLAs in Goa reach Raj Bhavan to try for an audience with the Governor.

12:38 pm IST

MGP leader Sudin Dhavalikar meets Nitin Gadkari again

MGP leader Sudin Dhavalikar meets Nitin Gadkari again. There may be yet another attempt to arrive at a consensus for the CM’s candidate.

12:28 pm IST

Congress MLAs to go to Raj Bhavan

Congress MLAs in Goa to go to Raj Bhavan a short while from now to try for an audience with the Governor.

12:08 pm IST

Shatrughan Sinha expresses condolences

Words will never be able to condole the death of a true nationalist, rare leader & extraordinary administrator, CM, Goa & former Defence Minister, Shri. Manohar Parrikar #manoharparrikar. He was a kind, charismatic personality, with an approachable nature which helped empower the state to achieve remarkable development & progress. His greatest contribution to the Indian military establishment was the one rank, one pension scheme (OROP). The BJP stalwart fought his aliment courageously with dignity working till the end. His exemplary service to the nation will never be forgotten: Shatrughan Sinha says in a series of tweets.

12:04 pm IST

WATCH: Political leaders condole Manohar Parrikar’s demise

12:00 pm IST

‘Definitely, BJP MLA should lead Goa’

Definitely, one among the 12 of us BJP MLAs should lead Goa, it is but obvious: BJP MLA Glenn Ticlo tells ANI in Panaji.

11:32 am IST

Indian national flag at half mast at Rashtrapati Bhavan

The Indian national flag has been hoisted at half mast at Rashtrapati Bhavan as a mark of respect to Manohar Parrikar who passed away last evening.

11:22 am IST

Union cabinet observes two minutes silence

Union cabinet condoles demise of Manohar Parrikar , observes two minutes silence.

11:20 am IST

People gather to pay last respects to Parrikar

People gather at the BJP office in Panaji to pay last respects to late Goa chief minister Manohar Parrikar.

11:12 am IST

Goa heading towards ‘suspended animation’

Goa heading towards ‘suspended animation’ as consensus eludes ruling BJP dispensation on Manohar Parrikar’s successor.

11:10 am IST

Parrikar to be accorded state funeral with full military honours

Manohar Parrikar to be accorded state funeral with full military honours, according to the home ministry, reports news agency PTI.

1!:00 am IST

PM Modi to pay last respects to Manohar Parrikar

PM Narendra Modi to leave for Goa to pay last respects to Manohar Parrikar who passed away last evening.

10:40 am IST

Nitin Gadkari arrives to pay last respects to Parrikar

Mortal remains of Manohar Parrikar brought to BJP office in Panaji. Union Minister Nitin Gadkari arrives to pay last respects to him.

10:15 am IST

Parrikar’s mortal remains brought to BJP office in Panaji

Mortal remains of Manohar Parrikar brought to BJP office in Panaji.

9:50 am IST

Parrikar’s mortal remains being taken to BJP office in Panaji

Mortal remains of Manohar Parrikar being taken to BJP office from his residence, in Panaji.

9:00 am IST

Visuals from outside Parrikar’s residence in Panaji

8:25 am IST

MGP leader demands CM’s chair

BJP MLA Michael Lobo said that MGP leader Sudin Dhavalikar demanded that he be made the chief minister, which has not found favour with the BJP as well as Goa Forward Party MLAs and independents.

8:15 am IST

Nitin Gadkari in hectic parleys with alliance partners

The BJP’s central leadership dispatched a team comprising Union minister Nitin Gadkari who held discussions with BJP MLAs as well as leaders of alliance partners — the Maharashtrawadi Gomantak Party (MGP) and Goa Forward Party — and independents.

8:00 pm IST

Deadlock over Goa CM candidate continues

Despite extensive discussions that continued late into the night on Sunday, the BJP failed to break the deadlock over who should fill the shoes of Goa chief minister Manohar Parrikar who passed away last evening.