Prime Minister Narendra Modi will reach Panaji to pay homage to late Goa chief minister Manohar Parrikar. The PM will leave Delhi for Goa at 11 am and is expected to reach by 1:30 pm. Parrikar breathed his last at around 6:40 pm on Sunday after battling a pancreatic ailment for over year. His mortal remains will be kept at the Bharatiya Janata Party office from 9:30-10:30 am on Monday. His funeral procession at 4 pm.
Remembering Parrikar as 'an unparalleled leader', the PM had on Sunday said that the late Goa CM was a 'true patriot and exceptional administrator' who was admired by all.
"Shri Manohar Parrikar was an unparalleled leader. A true patriot and exceptional administrator, he was admired by all. His impeccable service to the nation will be remembered by generations. Deeply saddened by his demise. Condolences to his family and supporters. Om Shanti," he tweeted.
"Shri Manohar Parrikar was the builder of modern Goa. Thanks to his affable personality and accessible nature, he remained the preferred leader of the state for years. His pro-people policies ensured Goa scales remarkable heights of progress. India will be eternally grateful to Shri Manohar Parrikar for his tenure as our Defence Minister. When he was RM, India witnessed a series of decisions that enhanced India’s security capacities, boosted indigenous defence production and bettered the lives of ex-servicemen," he added.