Panaji: Former Rajya Sabha MP and senior Congress leader Shantaram Naik passed away on Saturday morning after a massive heart attack. He was 72. He was till recently president of Goa Pradesh Congress. “He complained of chest pain, after which he was rushed to a private hospital in Margao in South Goa. But he was declared brought dead,” Goa Congress president Girish Chodankar told presspersons here.Naik’s last rites will be conducted on Sunday at 10.30 a.m. at his native village of Cuncolim in south Goa, the Congress party said in a statement.Mr. Chodankar said Congress president Rahul Gandhi in his condolence message said, “I’m sorry to hear about the passing away of Shri Shantaram Naik, former Goa Congress Chief, MP and senior Congress leader, who played an important role in the battle for Goa’s statehood. My condolences to his family in their time of grief. May his soul rest in peace.”Goa Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar, in his message from the US said he was deeply saddened by the passing away of Congress leader and former Rajya Sabha MP from Goa and conveyed heartfelt condolences to the bereaved family.Naik, last of the few original Congresspersons from Goa, headed the Goa Congress until recently, represented the State in Rajya Sabha for two consecutive terms — from 2005 to 2011, and from 2011 to 2017. Beginning his political career in 1967, Naik joined the Congress as a party worker and successfully contested the North Goa Lok Sabha seat in 1984. He was also instrumental in the passage of the Bill that led to Goa’s statehood on May 30, 1987.
Veteran Congress leader Shantaram Naik is dead