Karuna Doubts Governor Rao
- Did Jaya Give Advice In Writing?
Chennai: DMK supremo M Karunanidhi expressed his reservations about the decision of Governor Ch Vidyasagar Rao asking Tamil Nadu Finance Minister O Panneerselvam to preside over cabinet meetings in the absence of Chief Minister J Jayalalithaa who has been undergoing treatment at Apollo Hospital. The 93-year old former chief minister asked if Jayalalithaa had given her advice in writing suggesting to make Panneerselvam in charge of the governance in Tamil Nadu. When no one was allowed to meet Jaya, how the governor could get her advice, he asked. Karunanidhi demanded a clarification from the government.
Since her admission to Apollo Hospital on September 22, a number of senior politicians, including Union Minister Venkaiah Naidu, Congress Vice President Rahul Gandhi, MDMK chief Vaigo, had visited the hospital but could not actually see the chief minister as she has been in ICU (Intensive Care Unit).
Prime Minister Narendra Modi has cancelled his programme to travel to Chennai since visitors are not allowed to see her. BJP president Amit Shah and Union Finance Minister Arun Jaitley landed here on Wednesday. They will visit the hospital to enquire about her health.
Doctors treating the 68-year old chief minister said that she is responding to the treatment. She is on respiratory support system. Doctors said she needs to be in hospital for a prolonged period. That was the reason why the governor had to make an interim arrangement to take care of the day-to-day administration of the state.