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Ailing Goa CM Parrikar extends Diwali greetings through audio clip

IANS  |  Panaji 

In his first outreach to the people of the state since May, ailing on Monday extended Diwali greetings through an audio clip played on FM radio.

"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

This is the first time that Parrikar, who is suffering from advanced pancreatic cancer, has directly communicated with the people of since May 13, when he delivered a video address at a meeting of party booth workers. BJP had also attended the meeting.

Parrikar has been in and out of hospitals in Goa, Mumbai, and since February this year.

Ever since he returned from 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

His long absence from office has prompted the to claim that Parrikar cannot function as on account of his and should resign.

After a senior last week alleged that the 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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First Published: Mon, November 05 2018. 21:10 IST