Jayalalithaa’s three close aides removed from Tamil Nadu CM Panneerselvam’s office

Further strengthening the reports of Sasikala emerging as the Tamil Nadu CM, AIADMK has called the meeting of its MLAs on February 5.

Written by Arun Janardhanan | Chennai | Updated: February 5, 2017 2:35 am
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In what is to be seen as a visible power shift at the top of Tamil Nadu government, the Chief Minister O Panneerselvam has removed three top officials appointed by J Jayalalithaa from CM’s office on Friday. While former chief secretary Sheela Balakrishnan was asked to quit as adviser to the Tamil Nadu government, where she was appointed by the late CM Jayalalithaa in March 2014 after retirement, key faces, who were also trusted aides of Jayalalithaa, including K N Venkataramanan and A Ramalingam, the Secretary I and IV in CMO, are the other top officials removed from their posts.

A top government source, confirming the report said: “…while Ramalingam’s removal was expected for his close links with Sheela, Venkataramanan, who had a good rapport with Sasikala as well, had never expected to face the heat of new political changes happening at the top of AIADMK.” Multiple sources in the party and the government confirm that the latest developments are an indicator to some major political decisions to be heard from the ruling party in few days.

While a senior AIADMK leader said the decision to remove Jayalalithaa loyalists was taken by party chief V K Sasikala and her husband M Natarajan, sources close to Panneerselvam said he was merely obeying the orders from the party considering various factors including unity in party as well as to avoid multiple power centres at the top of administration. The AIADMK leader said it was Natarajan, once a political mentor of late Jayalalithaa after M G Ramachandran’s death and known for his political talents, has suggested these crucial changes at the helm of the government. ”

“A retired IAS officer, who served as the Officer on Special Duty and was thrown out by Jayalalithaa in 2011 for his close links with Natarajan, may be one of the faces to replace Sheela Balakrishnan, Venkataramanan and Ramalingam. Not just these three, the entire CMO is likely to be restructured and the only official likely to retain the post may be Shiv Das Meena IAS,” he said. A source close to CM Panneerselvam said the decision to remove key faces had come from the party. “Chinnamma (Sasikala) seems to have listened to Natarajan,” he said.

When asked on the impact of these administrative decisions and rumours of Sasikala becoming the Chief Minister, he said: “It will have positive impacts in the administration as they were alleged for power abuses as well as their vested interests as they had complete freedom in the decision making before Jayalalithaa’s death. Unlike earlier, the present Chief Secretary (Girija Vaidyanathan) is an efficient officer who could work on her own. She doesn’t need too many people above her to deal with CMO,” he said. On rumours of Sasikala capturing the power, he said even Chinnamma may be uncertain of taking such a decision. However, further strengthening the reports of Sasikala emerging as the CM, the party has called the meeting of its MLAs on February 5.

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    Sri
    Feb 4, 2017 at 7:33 am
    This lot will be tested in the elections. There will be a lot of looting in the coming months and years as they know that TN will not vote them back to power.
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      SubbuI
      Feb 4, 2017 at 8:49 am
      THESE CAME AS EXPECTED. NATARAJAN WILL BE THE UNDISPUTED DON OF TAMIL NADU.SHASIKALI AND HIS FULL FAMILY WILL CATURE POIS GARDEN AND MANNAGUDI MAFIA WILL BE HEAD QUARTERED THERE AND MIS RULE TAMIL NADU FOR BALANCE TERM. BEING FROM THE STATE I PITY THE TAMILIAN COMMUNITY THE MOST INTELLIGENT AND HARD WORKING PEOPLE WILL BE SLAVE TO THIS THIRD RATE GANGSTERS. NO AIADMK L ADERS HAVE SPINE TO OPPOSE THE MISRULE AND GOT NO MARBLES TO FACE A CON WOMEN WHO WILL BE CM IN FEW DAYS
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        Shekar
        Feb 4, 2017 at 8:25 am
        It's already a disaster.
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          aruna
          Feb 10, 2017 at 2:37 pm
          if you feel to show your oppose to stop sasikala from getting into power. Please Sign your peion in the following link:
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            dhoni
            Feb 5, 2017 at 9:47 pm
            You have to blame the late AMMA is the main culprit for this situation in Tamilnadu
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              dhoni
              Feb 5, 2017 at 9:46 pm
              all are corrupt guys
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                BSD
                Feb 4, 2017 at 1:04 pm
                Ha ha. ...
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                  service to
                  Feb 6, 2017 at 5:56 am
                  We had one one amma jayalitha amma.no chinnamma no prriyamma.where were all these banned persons till ammas death nonone dared to come near poes garden now all r together in there.tnafubis ping inyo notorious hands.cbi enquiry into jayas death must bev initiated.ammas body exhumed and all the mystery the hunger for power position etc will be solved.ops anyday better than vks
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                    Lovely
                    Feb 4, 2017 at 6:27 am
                    Sasikala is puppeteer .
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                      Puneeth
                      Feb 5, 2017 at 9:56 pm
                      TN politics no better than Bihar politics. But anyway, what difference does it make who is the CM of TN. The people there are backward for so many years. Even a donkey can rule TN without any "issues". That is the only place in this world where well fed dark men keep falling to the feet of women in power.....
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                        parameswaran
                        Feb 4, 2017 at 8:02 am
                        Puppet govt practically no development work now no more industries no water in taps no kaveri water more lakes in bottom dry Tamil politicians do not care these they are after power greedy goons after ma Anna Maharaja worst Tamils better centre rule silly puppetsrule we Tamils do not want no Northport in Tamils why governor not questioning these no democracy no one has guts to rise above politics care for common man old goons we want New party a energetic man to form anew peoples partywhen
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                          Rajesh
                          Feb 4, 2017 at 1:32 pm
                          Now TN fate is with the consuency from which she gonna contest....Jaihind
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                            RAJARAM
                            Feb 4, 2017 at 11:23 am
                            NATARAJAN WILL BE ADVISOR OF CM?lt;br/gt; ORlt;br/gt;NATARAJAN GOING TO BECOME CM?
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                              Raman Govindan
                              Feb 5, 2017 at 10:25 am
                              integrity, devotion to duty and good performance in the posts held and apolitical atude towards men and matter are the sine qua non for top civil servant's posts.
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                                Dr Rahul
                                Feb 4, 2017 at 6:45 am
                                Sasikala is known greedy for capturing C.M.post even when Ms Jayalalitha was alive but sasikala could not succeed due to Ms Jayalalithas inleligency and know game players politicians.Now Sasikala has got GOD gifted opportunities ,which she do not want to loose.
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                                  yub
                                  Feb 4, 2017 at 11:00 am
                                  Stup id Tamils deserve it.
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                                    Varadarajan
                                    Feb 4, 2017 at 12:52 pm
                                    Tamils will be called eunuchs ID they do not rise in revolt in usurping AMMA's place by pretenders.lt;br/gt;ARISE.AWAKE. RESIST.
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                                      seshadri
                                      Feb 5, 2017 at 2:10 am
                                      in the next sembly elections mr stalin will win with 3/4th majority
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                                        Sheik Mohamed
                                        Feb 4, 2017 at 5:52 am
                                        It does not matter, who is moving out and coming in to CM's office, try to deliver things to TN state and its people by focusing attention towards development and progress of TN in all endeavors.
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                                          siriyaar
                                          Feb 4, 2017 at 5:46 am
                                          I hope jayalalitha never had that rights to keep her own like people, they must be apoointed by sasi and natarajan to monitor her effectively and control her. But now panner comes with Modi support keep them with him is dangerous for his work, it must be his independent action as per Modi advise. Even police department not under his control whatever sasi says they will do so it take long time for panner to restore himself , if he does this freedom for tamilandu from mannarkudi mafia
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                                            Indian
                                            Feb 5, 2017 at 2:03 am
                                            This Sasikala is a fraud . If she had been loyal to Jayalalitha this will not happen. Now this raises the pending complaints of her role in Jayalalithas death
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