Manohar Parrikar cremated; Speaker Pramod Sawant new Goa CM

March 18, 2019
PANAJI: Manohar Parrikar, Chief Minister of Goa, who died on Sunday, was cremated in Panji on Monday evening with full State honours.

The last rites were performed at Miramar beach where the cremation took place. Thousands of people thronged Miramar beach in Panaji to bid farewell to the departed leader.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi and several Ministers of the Centre and States paid their last respects.

A former Defence Minister, Parrikar, who had been suffering from cancer for over a year, died at his home in Panaji at the age of 63 on Sunday. He had undergone treatment in the US, Delhi and here.

His body was kept at the BJP head office in the State Capital in the morning from where it was taken to Kala Academy for the public to pay homage.

The Centre had announced national mourning for Monday. Seven days of State mourning will be observed in Goa, from March 18 to 24.

Meanwhile, BJP president Amit Shah, Union Minister Nitin Gadkari and BJP Goa MLAs held a meeting at a hotel in Panaji and selected Assembly Speaker Pramod Sawant as Parrikar's successor for the Chief Minister's post. Sudin Dhavalikar and Vijai Sardesai will be Deputy Chief Ministers. Swearing-in was to take place in the night.

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