Former Goa minister Wilfred Mesquita died at a hospital in Mumbai after a brief illness, family sources said on July 9. He was 70.
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 a former chairman of the state forest corporation.
Goa Health Minister Vishwajit Rane expressed grief over Mesquita’s demise.
"Heartbroken to hear about the passing away of my dear friend and Ex Vasco MLA, Mr. Wilfred Mesquita, who was very dear to me. May your soul rest in peace. My deepest condolences to his family in their time of grief. " - Goa Health Minister Vishwajit Rane.