Mortal remains of Manohar Parrikar taken to BJP Panjim office

Mortal remains of Manohar Parrikar, four-time Goa chief minister and former defence minister, were brought to BJP office in Panaji, short while ago. Union Minister Nitin Gadkari has arrived to pay his last respects. Home Minister Rajnath Singh is expected to take part in the funeral.

It will be later taken to the Kala Academy to allow people to pay their last respects before his final journey. The central government has announced national mourning on Monday, officials earlier said. The national flag will fly at half-mast across the country.

The final rites of Mnaohar Parrikar will be performed at 5 pm at the Miramar beach here, next to the memorial of Goa’s first chief minister Dayanand Bandodkar, who was also cremated there, a state BJP spokesperson said. After Parrikar’s demise on Sunday evening, the body was kept at his residence for the night.

Goa chief minister Manohar Parrikar, who died after a long illness, would be accorded state funeral with full military honours on Monday, according to the home ministry. MHA Joint Secretary S K Shahi, in an order issued on Sunday, said the Ministry of Defence is requested to make arrangements for state funeral with full military honours. “It has been decided by the government that state funeral will be accorded to the departed dignitary,” Shahi has said in the circular.

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