"Namaskar. I wish all Goans Diwali greetings. I pray to God that the coming year be full of happiness and fulfilment. Diwali greetings to you all," Parrikar said in the audio greeting that was sponsored by Goa's Department of Information and Publicity.
This is the first time that Parrikar, who is suffering from advanced pancreatic cancer, has directly communicated with the people of Goa since May 13, when he delivered a video address at a meeting of party booth workers. BJP national President Amit Shah had also attended the meeting.
Ever since he returned from New Delhi's All India Institute of Medical Sciences last month, Parrikar has not made a public appearance, barring three meetings -- one each with the state cabinet, top state BJP leaders and the state Investment Promotion Board.
After a senior Congress leader last week alleged that the Chief Minister was probably dead, the BJP-led coalition government was forced to release photographs of a frail-looking Parrikar attending the three meetings.
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