Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Monday paid his final tribute to former Defence minister and Goa CM Manohar Parrikar, who passed away on Sunday at the age of 63 after a prolonged illness.
Taking to Twitter, PM Modi shared images of him bidding goodbye to one of his former cabinet ministers. He also praised the work done by Manohar Parrikar over the years in his post.
"Paid tributes to my friend Shri Manohar Parrikar. He personified humility, simplicity and compassion. The good work he has done will be remembered for years to come," his social media message read.
Manohar Parrikar had on Sunday evening passed away having battled Pancreatic Cancer for over a year. Hours after his demise, PM Modi had paid tribute to the Goa CM through a series of tweets.
One of the senior most and respectable leaders in the political arena, Parrikar was an alumnus from IIT Bombay before he stepped foot into politics.
He was first elected into Goa Assembly in 1994 when he won on a BJP ticket from Panaji constituency. He was one of the first members of BJP in Goa and has been credited in changing the party's fortune in the state. The BJP which earlier had only four members in the state unit rose to its present dominance thanks to his work for the party.
Manohar Parrikar became Goa CM on three different occasions between 2012 and 2014. He was serving his third term when NDA came to power at the Centre, and he was elevated as the Defence Minister.
During his time as the Minister of Defence, Parrikar was credited with improving the sector through his diligent decision-making ability. He ceded his position to become the Goa CM again after BJP formed a coalition government in the state following elections in 2017.