Goa Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar, who has been severely unwell for months, sounded feeble as he presented the budget in the assembly today with a tube in his nose.
Mr Parrikar, who is also the state finance minister, wore a cap and had assistants by his side for support as he read out his speech. He paused for sips of water.
The sight of the 63-year-old chief minister, who has a pancreatic condition, presenting the budget, is likely to set off more criticism of the ruling BJP.
The Congress has been demanding that Mr Parrikar be replaced and has repeatedly accused the BJP of retaining him against his will and even parading him in his condition to avoid its government falling.
Yesterday, Congress president Rahul Gandhi called on Mr Parrikar on his visit to Goa, setting off speculation about whether the controversy over the Rafale jet deal came up for discussion. Rahul Gandhi later said Mr Parrikar, who was Defence Minister of India till 2017, had told him that he had nothing to do with the new jet deal. He did not elaborate whether this was said in yesterday's meeting or earlier.