Utpal & Abhijaat say their father lived every day with vigour, a strong will and a desire to serve the nation and the State
PANJIM: In what seems to be possible indication of former Chief Minister (late) Manohar Parrikar’s sons entering into politics, they have announced to continue their father’s legacy of service and dedication to the State and the Nation.
Utpal and Abhijaat, sons Parrikar, in their thanks giving message, have also said that their father lived every day with vigour, a strong will and a desire to serve the nation and the State.
In a joint thanksgiving statement released on behalf of the family, they have thanked Prime Minister Narendra Modi for unstinting support through their father’s illness, and also to Indian Armed Forces for conducting a moving ceremony (final rites).
Parrikar, four-time Chief Minister of Goa, died on March 17.
“It is said the legacy of heroes is the memory of a great name and inheritance of a great example,” both the sons have said quoting former British Prime Minister Benjamin Disraeli.
“We will honour his life by continuing his legacy of service and dedication to the State and the nation,” they said in a statement released here on behalf of the family.
Sections of BJP workers have been pressing for Utpal to contest upcoming Panjim by-election on party ticket. The constituency has been traditional seat of his father since 1994. Earlier on Friday, Utpal had said that he will decide on joining politics at the right time.
In a statement further, the sons said, “My father lived everyday with a vigour, a strong will and desire to serve the nation and the State.”
“Till the very last, he was occupied with issued concerning the State,” they said.
The sons have expressed their gratitude to the thousands of party karyakartas for their love and affection. “You have been his (Parrikar) pillars of strength throughout. We always knew that you and people of Goa meant much more to him than even us and this bond was all evident when he passed away,” they said.
The sons have said that with the death of their father, they have lost central part of the family and the void created is huge. “However, the sheer number of people, messages and letters we have received have made us feel we are part of a much bigger family that he has left behind,” they have said.
They have also thanked PM, Union ministers and other dignitaries of the State and Central government for their presence for final rites and support.
The sons have also thanked the staff and doctors of all those hospitals where Parrikar was treated like Goa Medical College and Hospital, Lilavati Hospital, AIIMS and Memorial Sloan New York for their dedication, expertise and compassion. “We will remain forever indebted to them for their care and support,” they said.