Panaji । The last rites of Manohar Parrikar held with full military and state honours at the Miramar beach on Monday evening.
Thousands of supporters and BJP workers accompanied the funeral cortege from the Kala Academy Arts and Cultural Centre to the nearby Miramar beach.
Parrikar’s mortal remains had been kept throughout the day for the public to pay last respects in BJP headquarter and later in Kala Academy Arts and Cultural Centre.
Parrikar got 21 gun salute funeral
The mortal remains of Parrikar, wrapped in the national tri-colour, were placed on a pyre amid a 21 gun salute at the beach. Parrikar’s elder son Utpal Parrikar consigned it to flames.
Parrikar was Chief Minister of Goa on four separate occasions, but could not complete a single term in office. He served as Defence Minister in the Narendra Modi cabinet from 2014-17 before returning to state politics.
Top BJP leaders offered tribute
Top BJP leaders including Prime Minister Narendra Modi, BJP President Amit Shah, Union Ministers Nirmala Sitharaman, Nitin Gadkari, Smriti Irani, Suresh Prabhu and Ramdas Athawale offered floral tributes to Parrikar.
Maharashtra Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis also paid his last respects.
His death has triggered a political crisis in Goa, with the BJP being unable to come up with a alternative Chief Ministerial candidate, who is acceptable to coalition allies.
Parrikar, 63, is survived by two sons, two daughter in-laws and a grandson.