Goa CM becomes emotional as House mourns Parrikar

Goa Chief Minister Pramod Sawant

Panaji । Goa Chief Minister Pramod Sawant broke down while speaking on a motion passed in the Assembly to condole the death of former Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar.

The motion to condole Parrikar’s demise was moved by BJP MLA Rajesh Patnekar. It also commiserated the deaths of former Deputy Chief Minister Francis D’Souza and former Deputy Speaker Vishu Wagh.

“I am here only because of Manohar Parrikar. I became MLA, Speaker and CM because of him,” an emotional Sawant said, as he took a pause several times while speaking.

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Speaking on behalf of the BJP legislature party, Cabinet Minister Mauvin Godinho said that the late Chief Minister was a colossal and larger than life personality.

“Difficult to get another Manohar Parrikar in this state, who built a modern Goa and took the state forward in every aspect of governance. He is our pride and the state’s tallest leader who served as Defence Minister and conducted the iconic surgical strikes,” Godinho said.

Cabinet Minister Sudin Dhavalikar said that an upcoming bridge across the Zuari river would be named after the late Chief Minister.  “We have already sought permission from the central government,” Dhavalikar told the Assembly.

With IANS Input