Panner Selvam, the staunch-loyalist and stand-in for Jayalalitha, has been made in-charge Chief Minister of Tamil Nadu as Jaya has been battling with multiple organ issues in hospital.
Tamil Nadu Governor Ch Vidyasagar Rao allocated the portfolios held by her to O Paneerselvam, Finance Minister. But a Raj Bhavan communiqué made it clear that the AIADMK supremo will continue to be the Chief Minister.
“Under Clause (3) of Article 166 of the Constitution of India, the Governor of Tamil Nadu today allocated the subjects hitherto dealt by Chief Minister J Jayalalithaa to O Paneerselvam,” a Raj Bhavan press release said.
Paneerselvam, who holds the Administrative reforms portfolio, in addition to Finance, “will also preside over cabinet meetings”, it said.
“This arrangement has been made as per the advice of the Chief Minister and will continue until the Chief Minister J Jayalalithaa resumes her duties,” it said.
“Jayalalithaa will continue to be the Chief Minister,” the release added.
Jayalalithaa (68), was admitted to Apollo hospital on September 22 after she complained of fever and dehydration.
Yesterday, the hospital said she continued to be under treatment and was being constantly monitored by intensivists and other consultants in the expert panel, while respiratory support, antibiotics, nutrition, supportive therapy and passive physiotherapy were being given to her.
Panner Selvam held the Chief Minister post twice in the past when Jaya was arrested and her election was quashed.