J Jayalalithaa’s portfolios go to O Panneerselvam, as per her advice: Raj Bhavan

Jayalalithaa has been in Chennai’s Apollo Hospital since September 22.

Written by Arun Janardhanan | Chennai | Updated: October 12, 2016 8:13 pm
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Though she will continue to remain Chief Minister, all ministerial portfolios held by J Jayalalithaa have been allocated to Tamil Nadu Finance Minister O Panneerselvam, a Raj Bhavan statement issued Tuesday night said.

Jayalalithaa has been in Chennai’s Apollo Hospital since September 22. A health bulletin issued by the hospital Monday said she is on respiratory support and is being looked after by a team of intensivists and other consultants.



A statement issued by the principal secretary to Governor C Vidyasagar Rao said that all of Jayalalithaa’s portfolios, including Home, IAS, IFS and General Administration, have been allocated to Panneerselvam under Clause (3) of Article 166 of the Constitution.

The statement said that Panneerselvam will also preside over cabinet meetings from now on.

“This arrangement has been made as per the advice of the Chief Minister and will continue until Chief Minister J Jayalalithaa resumes her duties,” it said.

“Jayalalithaa will continue to be the Chief Minister.”

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A senior AIADMK leader had told The Indian Express last week that there was “no need” to appoint an interim CM “when Amma is around”. On reports of a tussle between Panneerselvam and Jayalalithaa’s close aide Sasikala, who is reportedly taking crucial decisions in her absence, the leader said, “Right now there are no issues. Sasikala can’t afford to have any fight with anyone now. She will guide the party and government in Amma’s name like Bharata ruled the country in Rama’s name.”

The decision comes at a time when some influential OBC groups have been demanding that their candidate be named CM. While Panneerselvam and Sasikala belong to the powerful Thevar community, Gounder and Nadar groups have also been vying for the top spot.

A similar arrangement had been made in October 1984, when the then CM M G Ramachandran, Jayalalithaa’s political mentor, was hospitalised in Apollo. As MGR’s absence led to a constitutional crisis, the then Governor S L Khurana had allowed V R Nedunchezhiyan, the then finance minister and number two in the cabinet, to handle the CM’s portfolios.

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  1. A
    Oct 12, 2016 at 3:09 am
    When the self appointed Queen is incapacitated the courtiers hold the fort in the Royal tradition and fashion. Who says Royalty in India does not exist ???
    1. Bhagavath B S
      Oct 11, 2016 at 11:19 pm
      good decision, never allow DMK to spoil the cituation,naddar community half is christian, never allow to dominate.
      1. Mohammad Bin Tughlaq
        Oct 11, 2016 at 11:34 pm
        This could have been done much earlier. When the doctors said that she will have to be in hospital for more time this could have been done.lt;br/gt;The other part of the news says that 'Panneerselvam will also preside over the cabinet meetings. "This arrangement has been made as per the advice of the chief minister and will continue until Jayalalithaa resumes her duties," the statement said.When a statement from the office of the governor says so one cannot doubt it.lt;br/gt;What is the locus standi of this Sasikala? She may be the best friend of Jayalalithaa and the later may be asking her for advice. But that does not mean she can give instructions on the running of a government. It will be like taking advice from Chandraswamy if and when Narasimha Rao was sick.
        1. Mohammad Bin Tughlaq
          Oct 12, 2016 at 3:21 am
          Muslims eat only halal meat. Before killing a goat for halal meat the butcher has to take permission of the animal for killing it. How a dumb animal will convey its readiness to be butchered for the benefit of humanity is not clear. So also how JJ who has been lying in her hospital bed with all those tubes and wires connected t various equipments would have conve her command to make Panneerselvam as her stand in for managing the state is something of a mystery.
          1. R
            Oct 12, 2016 at 5:36 am
            There are many types of communication. If you wish a person's welfare with primal ferver, you can get the vibe via telepathy and TM. A medium and Telekinesis may also help in these types of communication. Besides why ume that the patient is speechless and unconscious? The Governor, Congress VP have all gone there and ured us the response to treatment is very good.
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