Panjim: Former Goa Assembly Speaker Surendra Sirsat has passed away after prolonged illness, family sources said.
He was 74.
Sirsat was ailing for long time and was admitted to a private hospital in Mapusa, around 15 km away from the city.
He died on March 28 evening.
Sirsat, a Maharashtrawadi Gomantak Party (MGP) leader, was elected MLA for three terms – 1977, 1989 and 1994. He was Speaker of the State Assembly between 1990-91.
Goa Chief Minister Pramod Sawant and Leader of Opposition Digambar Kamat, among others, expressed grief over demise of Sirsat.
In a tweet, Chief Minister Pramod Sawant said, ‘Deeply saddened by the passing away of Former Speaker of Goa Legislative Assembly Shri Surendra Sirsat Ji. His contribution in the field of education and public life is immense, and shall always be remembered. My heartfelt condolences to the bereaved family in this hour of grief.”
Leader of Opposition Digambar Kamat said,’Saddened by the passing away of Shri Surendra Sirsat, former MLA and Speaker of the Goa Legislative Assembly. My Heartfelt Condolences to the bereaved family. May his Aatma attain sadgati.’