TN leaders condole Manohar Parrikar's death

Leaders cutting across party lines in Tamil Nadu have expressed shock and condolence over the demise of Goa Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar, who passed away Sunday evening. DMK president and Leader of Opposition M K Stalin said in a tweet: "Extremely saddened to hear about the demise of Chief Minister of Goa, Thiru Manohar Parrikar. On behalf of DMK, I extend my deepest condolences to his family, friends and fellow party persons."

BJP State president Tamilisai Soundararajan posted: "Pained to hear the sudden demise of honb @manoharparrikar. Recall your humble simple life and your great desire to work in your office for the cause of nation till your last breathe." PMK founder S Ramadoss said: "He was a talented leader who was loved by people. Should have lived longer and touched great heights. His demise is loss for Goa."

MDMK general secretary Vaiko was among other leaders who condoled the death of former defence minister, who died aged 63. 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 Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leader from the state.

Parrikar was diagnosed with advanced pancreatic cancer in February last year and was repeatedly admitted to hospitals in Goa, Mumbai, New Delhi and New York. His mortal remains will be cremated in Panaji on Monday evening after they are kept at the BJP’s state headquarters for political leaders and the public to pay their finals respects, said an official statement.