Tamil Nadu Finance Minister O Panneerselvam will take over all portfolios of Chief Minister J Jayalalithaa. Panneerslevam has been the interim CM of the state twice before and also in her good books. Jayalalithaa has been hospitalised since September 22 due to the lungs infection and the doctors have opined that she could not leave the hospital soon.
According to media reports, Panneerslevam will preside over the cabinet, statement released by the state Governor Vidyasagar Rao. He said Panneerslevam is assigned to chair cabinet. He further said that the decision has been made by the sick Jayalalithaa who is being treated for a lung infection. All the changes have been done under Clause (3) of Article 166 of the constitution of India, said Vidyasagar.
Doctors are regularly monitoring Jayalalithaa
Panneerslevam will continue his duties until she comes back to the hospital. The Apollo hospital administration said by releasing information that Jayalalithaa is constantly being monitored by the intensivists and consultants to give respiratory support, antibiotics, nutrition, supportive therapy and passive physiotherapy.
“I am regularly visiting to examine her, I have discussed with the expert panel in Apollo Hospital and concurred with the present line of treatment being given to the Chief minister,” said, Professor Dr. G Khilnani, Department of Pulmonary Medicine, All India Institute of Medical Sciences
Move is visionary well for Tamil Nadu:DMK
On the other hand, opposition DMK has welcomed the decision of Tamil Nadu Governor Vidyasagar Roa for allocating portfolios of hospitalised Chief Minister Jayalalithaa to Finance Minister O Panneerslevam, saying the move will visionary well for the state’s administration.
“I welcome this action taken by the Governor in the interest of the administrative welfare of the state,” said DMK Treasurer MK Stalin.
DMK’ had urged to Governor Vidyasagar to appoint an interim chief minister to ensure the state’s government is not compromised, especially at a crucial water dispute with neighboring Karnataka which is being intervened by the Supreme Court.