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Following Manohar Parrikar’s Death, Congress Stakes Claim To Form Govt In Goa, #VampireCongress Trends

Updated on 20 March, 2019 at 3:41 pm By

The four-time Goa Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar, 63 passed away on March 17 after a year long battle with pancreatic cancer. Known for his frugal lifestyle, he was a rare national leader from Goa with cross-cultural appeal. Often described as aam aadmi, Parrikar was renowned for his humble nature. Known as a person of ingenuity, he was recognised across all sections of the BJP.


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Last year after he complained of stomach pain, he was rushed to the state-run Goa Medical College hospital and then to Lilavati Hospital in Mumbai. First it was thought that it was related to ‘food poisoning’ but later after he returned from treatment in U.S., it was officially declared that he was suffering from cancer.

 

 

Born on December 13, 1955, he started his political journey as a pracharak for RSS and continued with the Sangh even after graduating from IIT-Bombay. He took oath as chief minister of Goa for the first time on October 24, 2000, which lasted only till February 27, 2002. Parrikar was re-elected on June 5, 2002, and served another term in the state as the chief minister.

After Modi became prime minister, Parrikar was offered a ministerial berth in the party. He remained in berth till 2017 when his party failed to gather a majority in the assembly polls in Goa. Despite his illness, he continued from his office, mostly operating from his private residence and sometimes making brief public appearances.

 


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Now hours after the death of Parrikar, Indian National Congress on March 18 attempted to form a government in Goa. Soon, the hashtag #VampireCongress started trending as people blamed the grand old party for not paying respect to Parrikar. See the reactions:

 



 


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Parrikar was the first Indian Institute of Technology alumnus (of IIT, Bombay) to serve as Chief Minister of Goa in 2000. Parrikar is survived by his two sons, Utpal and Abhijat, their respective spouses and a grandson.

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