In the absence of Tamil Nadu Chief Minister J Jayalalithaa, governor Ch. Vidyasagar Rao held a meeting with chief secretary Rama Mohana Rao at his residence to enquire about general administration on Friday. State ministers O. Panneerselvam and Edappadi K. Palanisamy were also present at the meeting.
The Governor enquired “about the general administration of the affairs of the government,” a Raj Bhavan release said.
“The Chief Secretary to Government briefed Honourable Governor about the administrative affairs that are being carried out on a day-to-day basis and also other general matters,” it said. This is the first time the governor held consultations with the two ministers since the chief minister was admitted to the hospital.
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The release from Raj Bhawan said the governor also enquired about the arrangements made for the visit and information to be presented to the High Level Technical Committee on Cauvery issue constituted by the Centre “to protect the welfare of farmers of Tamil Nadu”, it added.
Palaniswami, the Public Works Minister, explained in detail the arrangements made and related matters, the release added.
With Apollo Hospital’s last medical bulletin released on Thursday evening clarifying that Jayalalithaa, who is undergoing treatment for lung ailment since September 22, required a longer stay in the hospital, political circles in Chennai are abuzz with rumours that an interim CM could be appointed to rule the state.
While many expect O Panneerselvam as the obvious choice for the post and a section of people also speculate a possible mutiny within the party from the Gounder community if a leader from Thevar community is picked to CM post again, top party sources told the Indian Express they might just avoid these ‘risks’ by retaining Jayalalithaa as CM while dividing her portfolios among ministers.
(With inputs from PTI)