Former Goa minister Wilfred Mesquita passes away
By Thehindu 09-Jul-2019
Mesquita was undergoing treatment at the Mumbai-based P.D. Hinduja Hospital where he breathed his last around 11 pm on July 8, the sources said, without divulging any further details.
Born at Divar in North Goa district on April 14, 1949, Mesquita graduated from the Goa Medical College in 1970s. He later did specialisation in medicine from a college in Mumbai before taking the plunge into politics.
During his decades long political career, he had a stint in various parties in the coastal state. He was the founder vice president of the then ruling Maharashtrawadi Gomantak Party (youth wing) in 1974.
He served as the cabinet minister in late 1990s in the then Congress-led state government and held various portfolios like revenue, environment, sports and youth affairs, power, law and judiciary and legislative affairs.
He was the leader of the Goa BJP since 2007 and served as the party’s vice president and spokesman. He was also former chairman of the state forest corporation.
Goa Health Minister Vishwajit Rane expressed grief over Mesquita’s demise.
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