Skeleton At Jayalalithaa’s Guest House Shocks Security

The properties of former chief minister of Tamil Nadu late J Jayalalithaa are constantly in the news as uncanny things are unravelling there; the fresh episode of finding a skeleton at Siruatpur guest house created sensation.

Chennai: The security staff at the Sirutapur Bungalow which was used by the late chief minister of Tamil Nadu used, was shocked to find a skeleton on the premises. Once, J Jayalalithaa used it as her guest house. As the security staff found a skeleton on Monday, they raised alarm. It is being said that the skeleton belonged to a person who worked as security guard behind the bungalow. The locals believe that it might a case of murder. After the death of J Jayalalithaa, the security has been reduced at Poes Garden, Sirutapur and Kadanadu residences. Presently at Sirutapur Bungalow, armed police are guarding. The police are investigating the matter.

The bungalow situated at 70-80 km away from Chennai, was used by Jayalalithaa regularly. Presently it is under the control of Sasikala, Dinakaran family members. However, a major fire accident took place in the bungalow last April. After the accident, Dinakaran was expelled from the party. This rose a lot of doubts during that time. It was said that valuable documents relating to Jayalalithaa’s properties were in the bungalow.

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Death Of Another Jayalalithaa Kodanadu Estate Employee Raises Suspicions

An employee working in the computer section of the estate has been found hanging in his house. Police have called it a suicide.

Chennai: Speculations of the conspiracy theory regarding late Tamil Nadu Chief Minister J Jayalalithaa’s death and her properties were rekindled with suicide of another employee of the Kodanadu Estate belonging to the departed leader.

Dinesh Kumar, an employee in the computer section, was found hanging in his house. The police have, however, concluded that it was a suicide. According to the investigating officer, Dinesh had undergone surgery 20 days ago. Unable to bear the pain, he had hanged himself.

Dinesh had been working in the estate for more than four years. With his death, the number of suspicious deaths of Kodanadu Estate employees has reached four, raising the conspiracy theory once again.

On April 24 last, a group of men had attempted to burgle the estate. Security guards who intervened were severely beaten up by the burglars. One of the guards later died. A few days thereafter, two people, suspected of involvement in the security guard’s murder, met with separate accidents. While one of them died, the other was severely injured and shifted to the Coimbatore Central Prison post treatment.

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Is Sasikala Going Into Political Oblivion?

With Dinakaran going to jail and nobody else to depend upon, Sasikala’s fall seems a reality. Sasikala is slowly becoming a non-entity to the party and the people, as leaders stopped coming to her darshan at her prison.

Bengaluru: The turn of events that are taking place in AIADMK are only leading to more disappointments to Chinnama (Sasikala). She is being shattered by these events.

Sasikala, a close aide to former Chief Minister J Jayalalithaa and the party’s general secretary soon after Jaya’s death, now seems to have lost the game. The way the events are turning, there is every chance that people might forget her in the coming days.

Especially, the recent developments involving her nephew TTV Dinakaran have been a major blow to her morale that she had been keeping up from the day one at the Parappara Agrahara Prison.

According to reports, Sasikala refused to eat dinner on Tuesday night and asked jail staff to inform her about the latest news on her nephew Dinakaran. She reportedly appeared tense. Around midnight, she got the news that Dinakaran was arrested by the Delhi police for allegedly trying to bribe Election Commission of India to retain two leaves symbol. Hearing the news, she collapsed on her bed, claimed some reports.

Though she came out of her cell the next morning, she refused to have breakfast. She is a chronic diabetic patient. The jail doctors suggested her not to skip breakfast, keeping her health in view. However, Sasikala refused to heed, and reportedly said that she was not in a mood to eat anything.

A top prison official, speaking to the national channel on condition of anonymity said that there was a remarkable change in her behavior, when she came to know that the Delhi police arrested the alleged broker Sukesh Chandrashekhar. Sasikala, who appeared confident till that day, became pale once she came to know about the arrest, the official said.

Before the merger talks between OPS and EPS factions came into focus, the official said that a lot of top AIADMK leaders and ministers used to wait outside the jail just to meet Chinnamma. However, she used to meet only a few of them, as there used to be a steady flow of high-profile visitors from Chennai, he explained.

Once she was removed from the post of AIADMK general secretary, all of it came to a standstill, he said.

The officer said that not even a single visitor came to visit her in the last one week. This is making her restless, he added. She appeared confident when Dinakaran was out, she thought he would help her and keep the party in his grip. With Dinakaran’s arrest, her hopes seem to have shattered. She seemed alone and helpless, the officer said.

Meanwhile, sources say that she is still getting home-cooked food, as a local AIADMK leader took that responsibility. However, the official said that he was not sure if the home cooked food would continue to arrive at the jail in the future.

Remarking that Sasikala had never expected such turn of events, he said, she lost all her confidence. In the initial months, hundreds of AIADMK leaders from different parts of Tamil Nadu used to visit her to express their solidarity. But now, the flow has literally stopped, he said.

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Dual control of ruling party throws TN politics into a flux


Ramaswami Sampath

Ramaswami Sampath

CHENNAI: Though it is two months since the passing away of J. Jayalalithaa, Tamil Nadu is still feeling the political vacuum created by the All-India Anna Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam (AIADMK) supremo.  But the scenario has opened up several interesting possibilities.  The ruling party is now under dual control with O. Panneerselvam being the Chief Minister and VK Sasikala, the “soul sister” of the departed leader, holding the crucial post of party general secretary. Amma, as Jayalalithaa was revered by party members, had held both the positions – in fact, she used to be hailed as the permanent general secretary of the party!

Though Panneerselvam has become the CM for the third time – he held the post for shorter periods earlier when Jayalalithaa had to step down due to court intervention on two occasions – he appears unsure of his grip over the administrative apparatus. Despite his quiet way of governance, he is under pressure from his own colleagues and party MPs to yield place to ‘Chinnamma’, as Sasikala is fondly addressed now by her loyalists.

The foremost voice in the chorus in favour of Sasikala to be the CM is Lok Sabha Deputy Speaker M. Thambidorai. Most ministers and MLAs are kowtowing to Sasikala, as none wants midterm poll with more than four years to go for the next general election. Rumours of her imminent occupying the CM’s chair are surfacing every now and then.

Possibly the Sasikala loyalists are upset with Panneerselvam grabbing the limelight. The way he handled the Jallikattu issue, notwithstanding the violent end to the demonstration, has enhanced his capability to approach sensitive issues. His camping in Delhi meeting the Prime Minister and other ministers and evolving a consensus in favour of issuing an ordinance for the conduct of the Jallikattu in a matter of days have earned all-round applause.

His successful mission of meeting AP Chief Minister N. Chandrababu Naidu and ensuring additional release of the Krishna water under the Telugu Ganga Project to quench Chennai’s thirst is another feather in his cap. Further, the rapport he has established with Leader of the Opposition MK Stalin on several issues like tackling the drought situation; the latter extending due courtesies to the CM; the appointment of a retired judge to probe the Marina violence including the alleged police excesses on the protesters; and, above all, invitation to Stalin to participate in the Republic Day function and the conspicuous absence of Sasikala at the event – these have caused a lot of heart-burn in her camp. Observers have also noted how Panneerselvam was dealt with in a cavalier manner by Sasikala during her recent confabulations with the ministers and party MLAs at AIADMK headquarters – he had to sit among the audience with no place for him on the dais.  Are these pointers to the shape of things to come in the ruling party affairs?

Though Sasikala is backed by ministers and party functionaries at the district level, she continues to be reticent about her intentions. The suspense over the Supreme Court verdict on the Karnataka Government’s appeal against the acquittal by that State’s High Court of Jayalalithaa, Sasikala and two others in the disproportionate assets case could be one reason.  The recent refusal of the Madras High Court to discharge her from the foreign exchange fraud case filed by the Enforcement Directorate is another restraint on her ambition.

The Sasikala camp’s current concern is the mounting resentment among the party cadres against her elevation to the post held by Amma. There has been a public display of that hostility by the tearing of posters projecting ‘Chinnamma’ as heir to Amma. Raising this banner of revolt is former minister KP Munisamy from the western Kongu region, who has openly challenged the claim of her ex-husband M. Natarajan that it was he who was instrumental in reuniting the divided AIADMK after MGR’ demise.

At that time MGR’s first wife VN Janaki became the CM fully backed by RM Veerappan, a close associate of MGR. In the election that followed, the Janaki faction was totally routed and the Jayalalithaa faction became the main opposition in the State Assembly. Unable to run the party affairs, Janaki merged her faction with that of Jayalalithaa.

The dissident party workers have found a rallying point in Jayalalithaa’s niece, Deepa Jayakumar, who is being beseeched by them to enter politics to stop the ‘Mannargudi mafia’ from grabbing the party and the government.

‘Mannargui mafia’ is the sobriquet for the combination of Sasikala, Natarajan, her brother Dhivakaran, VN Sudhakaran (Sasikala’s nephew and disowned ‘foster son’ of Jayalalithaa whose ostentatious wedding with Sivaji Ganesan’s granddaughter resulted in Jayalalithaa losing power in 1996) and a host of relatives. Suspecting their palace intrigues to grab power from her, Jayalalithaa had banished them from her Poes Garden residence. However, Sasikala managed to gravitate back by tendering an unconditional apology to her.

The reappearance of the mafia members beside the coffin at Rajaji Hall where Jayalalitha’s mortal remains were kept for public homage has engendered the fear among the party cadres of the mafia’s motive.

The city residence of Deepa, a look-alike of Amma, is being thronged on a daily basis by party cadres in thousands who raise slogans for her entry into politics. She came under media glare during her aunt’s hospitalisation when she alleged that she was physically prevented by Sasikala and company from seeing Jayalalithaa.  Some party workers have already floated the Jaya-Deepa Peravai (council of supporters of Deepa), on the lines of the Jayalalithaa Peravai, to serve as a propaganda apparatus for her. Deepa was to announce her entry into politics on January 17, the birth centenary date of the party founder MGR, but she disappointed her supporters saying that she required time to assess her strength and that she would announce her decision on February 24, the birthday of Jayalalithaa. Deepa proposes to tour the entire State from February 5, meeting her supporters on what she should do in the current situation. However, it is too early to determine what would be the impact of her plunging into politics.

(The Author is a senior journalist and Prime Associate from Chennai)

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Tamil Politics In Twists & Turns

New Delhi/Chennai: Bizarre developments in Tamil Nadu have been confusing J Jayalalithaa’s admirers as well as her opponents. O Panneerselvan, who took over as chief minister for the third time on December 5, landed in Delhi to meet Prime Minister Narendra Modi. After Panneerselvan and Thambidurai, Deputy Speaker of LOK Sabha asked Jayalalithaa’s close confidante to take over the party reins as its joint secretary, a group called Jayalalithaa Peravai passed a resolution on Sunday requesting Shashikala Natarajan to take over the government as well. About 50 leaders of AIADMK met Shashikala at Poes Garden residence, which she shared with the former chief minister for more than three decades, and handed over the resolution. The delegation included three ministers serving in the cabinet headed by Panneerselvan. Udhaykumar , secretary of Peravai, who is also a minister, gave her the resolution titled ‘ Thai Thanta Varma ( A boon granted by Amma). The leaders urged Shashikala to contest from RK Puram Assembly constituency which fell vacant on Jayalalithaa’s demise and replace Panneerselvan as chief minister. The two other ministers in the delegation areKadambur Raju and Savoor S Ramachandran.

The enigmatic Chinnamma has proved to be a silent but consummate player in the game of realpolitik. She has been steadily gaining ascendency vis a vis the incumbent who does not have a following in the party. Shashikala has got her husband other family members, who were banished by Amma, back into the Poes Garden building. She has been calling the shots ever since Jayalalithaa was admitted in Apollo Hospitals on September 22. All the visitors at the hospital met only Chinnamma and returned without having a glimpse of the ailing Amma. She has been controlling everything that belonged to Jayalalithaa. She had also performed Jaya’s last rites. That act alone made her the rightful successor in public eye.

It is impossible for Chief Minister Panneerselvan to face the challenge being thrown at him by Shashikala in her own way without the explicit and total support of the prime minister and his government. The BJP high command was understood to have toyed with the idea of making Thambidurai the CM of Tamil Nadu. The raids on Sekharareddy in Chennai, in which more than Rs 100 crore in new currency was seized, was considered to be a move aimed at clipping Shashikala’s wings to intimidate and disarm her. The bounty found with Sekharareddy, a member of the board of TTD, reportedly belonged to Shashikala. That ‘surgical strike’, however, did not deter the Chinnamma. She appears to be far more resourceful than what BJP high command imagined.

Both the chief minister and Shashikala belong to Thevar community. The other communities, the Gounders in particular, are unhappy. While many leaders of the grief stricken and shaken party feel that Chinnamma is the only person that can keep the folks together, some others consider the show of strength is organised and unbecoming of the ministers. Soon after Jayalalithaa’s death posters had come up all over Tamil Nadu showing Shashikala bigger in size than Jayalalithaa with Chinnamma strikingly resembling Amma.

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Sasikala to lead AIADMK

Chennai: The AIADMK has announced that Chinnamma, as Sasikala Natarajan is called, would take the reins of the party very soon. Chinnamma, 54, was very close to periamma J Jayalalithaa who passed away ten days ago. She would be taking over as General Secretary very soon, said AIADMK spokesman C Ponnaiyan on Thursday here. “It is the desire of the entire party. Sasikala has functioned as the conscience of Amma”, he said.

Jayalalithaa, the supreme leader of AIADMK, was called Amma, mother, by the devoted supporters of the party. She died of cardiac arrest on 5th December 2016 at Apollo Hospitals where she had been under treatment for 74 days since September 22.

Sasikala Natarajan who lived with Jayalalithaa for more than 30 years in the huge palatial bungalow at Poes Garden is called Chinnamma, mother’s younger sister. Jayalalithaa was succeeded by her loyalist O Pannerselvam who was given oath of office for the third time. He was made chief minister twice during Jayalalithaa’s tenure when she had to demit office on account of court strictures.  

The enigmatic Sasikala played a major role in Jayalalithaa’s life and death. She was the only point of contact for the outside world as well as for the party MLAs during Jayalalithaa’s hospitalisation. The VIPs who went to Apollo Hospitals to see Jayalalithaa while she was undergoing treatment had to meet Sasikala and go back without seeing the ailing chief minister. There have been a number of complaints against Sasikala saying that she was responsible for the death of Purutchi Talaivi (The Revolutionary Leader) as Jayalalithaa was called.

Film actor Gauthami wrote to the Prime Minister requesting him to order a probe into the circumstances that led to the chief minister’s demise. She questioned the veil of secrecy around the departed leader. A voluntary organization based in Chennai filed a writ petition in Supreme Court begging for an inquiry.

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An iconic fighter to the end


Jayaraman Jayalalithaa, the Chief Minister of Tamil Nadu, who passed away in Chennai on the night of December 5, 2016, after fighting for life for over two months at Apollo Hospital, could best be remembered for her starry roles in South Indian cinema and phoenix-like political life.

Born into a Tamil Iyengar Brahmin family on February 24, 1948, her journey from traditional orthodox clan to tumultuous Dravidian politics of Tamil Nadu had been as dramatic as her film career spanning two decades.

She was born to Jayaram and Vedavalli in Melukote, a small town in Pandavapura taluka of Mandya district in Karnataka (at that time Mysore State) as Komalavalli. But she got her name Jayalalitha from two villas – Jaya Vilas and Lalitha Vilas –in which she had lived in Mysore during her early childhood. But she added one more ‘a’ to her name at the end in 2001 as it was considered lucky from the point of numerology. Since then the official spelling of her name was Jayalalithaa. Whether an additional ‘a’ to the name gave her some political advantage was a matter of personal faith in esoteric sciences and an issue of speculation. Nevertheless, her name change seemed to have put her on political ascendancy in the following years.

Jaya’s early years in school and college were like those of any other South Indian Brahmin girl. But she proved herself to be a precocious child, especially with languages and fine arts which she used to her advantage later in her life as an actress and politician.

Old timers could recall her as a ‘South Indian Bomb’ when Jaya scorched the silver screen as the leading lady in Telugu, Tamil and Kannada films from 1960 to 1980. She had paired with almost all ‘big heroes’ of the South Indian cinema at that time. Altogether she acted in 140 films before changing her role as a politician in a place which shaped her film career.

Madras (at that time) was the heart of South Indian cinema where producers, directors, aspiring actors and actresses and technicians used to hobnob with ‘who is who’ of the South in and around dozens of film studios. The tinsel world was also a place where top of the legions, who later became legends, honed their skills in the art and science of making cinema but dabbled in politics.

The Tamil Cinema, then and now, is mass-centric and to turn a film a box-office hit, it has to be made in the language and style of the masses. The Dravidian movement protagonists like Anna Durai and M Karunanidhi had found their way into politics through the medium of cinema and won hearts and minds – as well as votes – of the Tamil masses.

For a young, ambitious Jayalalitha, the inexorably interwoven Tamil cinema and politics provided a fertile ground to become a star-politician. It was arguable whether her acting career had brought her closer to popular actor MG Ramachandran (MGR) who turned a politician. But she had never acknowledged that he was instrumental in making her plunge into politics although MGR said to be her mentor. However, she took to her political career beginning in 1982 when MGR appointed her as AIADMK propaganda secretary and ending as Tamil Nadu Chief Minister like a duck to water.

Two years later, she became a member of the Rajya Sabha, from Tamil Nadu, from 1984 to 1989. Chief Minister MGR’s death in 1987 catapulted Jayalalitha into limelight when she proclaimed herself as his political heir. But in the ensuing bitter political succession struggle, MGR’s wife Janaki Ramachandran too had staked her claim to be the chief minister of Tamil Nadu. As a result, the party split and Janaki ruled the state just for 23 days from January 7 to January 30 in 1988. A year later, in 1989, Jayalalitha united her splintered party as its general secretary and became the first woman opposition leader in the Tamil Nadu Assembly.

The year 1991 was a turning point in her political career. With Congress tie-up, Jayalalitha won the Assembly polls and became the Chief Minister, thus becoming the second woman CM in Tamil Nadu after Janaki Ramachandran’s brief stint. It was political baptism of fire as she had to manage a vociferous DMK opposition, keep an eye on dissidents within her own party and balance the delicate relationship with Congress. But she proved her mettle with a disarming smile and unflinching loyalty of her supporters and the mass of people.

In the seesaw battle between DMK and AIADMK in Tamil Nadu politics, Jaya lost second round to rule the state over corruption allegations in 1996. She bounced back five years later in 2001to have a second go; lost to DMK in 2006 and got back into the CM seat in 2011 and again won the 2016 Assembly polls.

Her poll losses and victories and political and legal battles over graft charges demonstrate her indomitable spirit for survival as a woman leader in the mainly patriarchic and male-dominated world of wily politicians. She proved herself as more than equal to them, outmaneuvered their machinations and strategies to gain an upper hand.

Her greatest strength throughout her political career was support at the grassroots level. And, she had never disappointed the masses. Her welfare programmes bearing the name ‘Amma’ speaks volumes of her commitment to economically uplift the poorest of the poor. When she was disqualified from holding office in a disproportionate assets case on September 27, 2014, it was the ordinary people in Tamil Nadu who protested in unison against the Bangalore court order. It was also the ordinary people who stood by her when she faced the rough and tumble of politics. They celebrated when the Karnataka High Court acquitted Jaya on May 11, 2015 and resumed office 12 days later. Even after her death, the same people were seen crying everywhere in Tamil Nadu. They feel now that they have not just lost a leader for ever but their own mother ‘Amma’ who gave them succor through various schemes.

 Jayalalithaa has left her brand on Tamil Nadu. Her schemes for the poor, often announced just before the Assembly polls, had invited opposition ire and criticism. They were dubbed sops to garner votes. However, poor voters had grabbed them. The freebies and programmes included free laptops for students, subsidized Amma canteens, breakfast and mid-day meals in government schools, uninterrupted power supply, gold for mangal sutras and financial aid for marriage ceremonies, rainwater harvesting, Cradle Baby scheme and a ban on lotteries despite losing huge revenue. Her contribution to making Tamil Nadu as one of the leading industrial states in the country couldn’t be minimized.

Jayalalithaa has left this world with an iconic status and footprints in Tamil Nadu and an indelible mark on India.


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TN on edge as Jaya ‘critical’

  • Panneerselvam to be successor

Chennai: Close to 24 hours, Tamil Nadu in general and Chennai in particular has been on edge. The news of Chief Minister J Jayalalithaa suffering a cardiac arrest on Sunday evening has sent shockwaves across the state. The news was particularly unnerving to millions of her party workers and admirers because both the Apollo Hospital where she is being treated and AIADMK officials had been assuring an eagerly awaiting public that their ‘Amma’ was recovering and could return home any time.

Earlier on Sunday, her party said she was directing important decisions and speaking occasionally to those who were allowed to visit her. By evening, the situation had changed so much that the Apollo Hospital issued a medical bulletin stating that the 68-year-old leader had suffered a cardiac arrest and she was being treated by a team of specialists.

According to the latest reports, “she is in a very critical condition and on life support in the ICU.” As she was fighting for life in the hospital, lakhs of her fans were crying, sobbing and praying for her health outside the hospital. Some were seen bitterly complaining that they were not being allowed to visit her.

Meanwhile, it has been reported, all the MLAs of ruling AIADMK have been called one by one to the Apollo Hospital to sign a declaration that OP Panneerselvam, the de facto CM in the absence of Jayalalithaa and her confidante, will be her successor.

The Tamil Nadu government has deployed thousands of police personnel around the Apollo Hospital to prevent a rush of emotion-overtaken people into the hospital. Extra security forces have been deployed in many areas of Chennai and in important cities and towns across Tamil Nadu. One reason for the additional security is ordinary Tamilians are highly emotional and there are fears some may resort to suicide if something happens to ‘Amma.’

In the city, as elsewhere, life was almost normal except the ongoing demonetization woes. Local public transport was unaffected but some educational institutions had declared a holiday voluntarily.

The Central Government has been in touch with the Tamil Nadu Governor C Vidyasagar Rao and Prime Minister Narendra Modi has asked Information and Broadcasting Minister M Venkaiah Naidu to go to Chennai.

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Jayalalithaa To Be Moved Out Of CCU

  • Remarkable improvement noticed

Chennai: Tamil Nadu Chief Minister J Jayalalithaa is likely to be shifted out of the critical care unit (CCU) in three days since there has been a marked improvement in her condition, according a report published in The Hindu on Friday. Quoting informed sources, the newspaper said that the CM would be moved to a private room which is being prepared for her in Apollo hospital. If everything goes as per the plans, Jayalalithaa may be discharged in a matter of three weeks.

A team of 15 specialists including cardiologists, a pulmonologist, intensivists, infectious disease specialists and a nephrologist could successfully arrive at a method to stop the leakage of mitral valve leading to fluid collection in the lungs by correctly calibrating the drug dosage. The infection has been treated completely resulting in steady improvement in her health condition. In third week of October, the CM was taken off from day-time sedation and she has  been conscious since then noting  down her own menu on a piece of paper. She is eating her food without having to feed through a tube.

In order to help rehabilitation, physiotherapy is being continued which was started a month after she was admitted into the hospital on 22 September 2016. The Apollo Hospitals management might issue a health bulletin in a couple of days, the sourced informed.

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Ailing Jayalalitha puts thumb impression on poll affidavit

Chennai: The document of election affidavit of the party nominee, filed by an AIADMK candidate for a by-poll for Thirupparankundram constituency, showed Jayalalithaa’s thumb impression in place of signature. Thumb impression was also used in the designated place of signature in the document submitted to the Chief Electoral Officer on AIADMK’s official candidate for the by-election.

In a communication, a professor from Madras Medical College has authenticated her signature stating that she is unable to put signature because of  inflammation on the right hand after undergoing tracheotomy surgery.

Recently, expelled party MP Sasikala has expressed fears over misuse of thumb impression without the chief minister’s knowledge and urged the authorities concerned to check Jayalalithaa’s thumb impression for its authenticity.

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  • ఉప ఎన్నికల నేపథ్యంలో… నామినేషన్ పత్రాలపై!
  • ఆమె సంతకం చేయలేని స్థితిలో ఉన్నట్టు డాక్టర్ల ధృవీకరణ

చెన్నై: తమిళనాడులో ఉప ఎన్నికలు జరగబోతున్న మూడు అసెంబ్లీ నియోజకవర్గాలకు చెందిన ఏ ఐ ఏ డీ ఎం కె అభ్యర్థుల నామినేషన్ పత్రాలపై  ప్రస్తుతం అపోలో ఆసుపత్రిలో చికిత్స పొందుతున్న ఆ పార్టీ ప్రధాన కార్యదర్శి, ముఖ్యమంత్రి జె. జయలలిత సంతకం చేసే బదులు వేలిముద్ర వేసినట్టు వార్తా సంస్థలు వెల్లడించాయి. అరవకురిచి, తంజావూర్, తిరుప్పరన్ కుండ్రం అనే మూడు నియోజకవర్గాలకు ఉప ఎన్నికలు జరగబోతున్నాయి.

ఎన్నికల నిబంధనల ప్రకారం గుర్తింపు పొందిన పార్టీకి చెందిన అభ్యర్థులు పార్టీ అధినేత సంతకం చేసిన పత్రాలను దాఖలు చేయవలసి ఉంటుంది. ఈ క్రమంలో వారు ఫారం- ఏ, ఫారం-బి లను పూర్తి చేయాలి. ఫారం-ఏ పార్టీ గుర్తు కేటాయింపునకు సంబంధించినది. అందులో పార్టీ అధినేత వివరాలు ఉంటాయి. దానిపై పార్టీ ప్రధాన కార్యదర్శిగా జె. జయలలిత నాలుగుసార్లు సంతకం చేయాల్సి ఉంటుంది. అభ్యర్థి తమ పార్టీకి ప్రాతినిథ్యం వహిస్తున్నట్టు ఫారం-బి లో తెలుపుతూ దానిమీద కూడా పార్టీ అధినేత సంతకం చేయాల్సి ఉంటుంది. అయితే ముగ్గురు అభ్యర్థులకు చెందిన రెండు రకాల పత్రాల మీదా జయలలిత ఎడమ చేతి బొటనవేలి ముద్రే వేశారు.

ప్రస్తుతం ఆమె కుడి చేతికి మంట పుడుతున్న కారణంగా సంతకం చేసే స్థితిలో లేరని ప్రకటిస్తూ మద్రాస్ మెడికల్ కాలేజీకి చెందిన డా. పి. బాలాజీ ఆ పత్రాల పై సంతకం పెట్టారు. అపోలో ఆసుపత్రికి చెందిన మరో ఇద్దరు డాక్టర్లు సాక్షి సంతకాలు చేశారు.

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Jayalalithaa is ‘very well’: AIADMK

Chennai: Innumerable admirers and followers of Tamil Nadu Chief Minister J Jayalalithaa can look forward to celebrate Diwali with double delight. The usual festive spirit got a shot in the arm with the AIADMK announcement on Wednesday that Jayalalithaa “is very well and will return home soon.”

She was admitted to Apollo Hospital on September 22 after she complained of fever and dehydration. Periodical health bulletins issued by Apollo have stated that she is recovering and the CM’s health condition is improving gradually.

To ally people’s worries about Jayalalithaa’s health condition, Raj Bhavan has recently issued a press release stating that, “Dr Pratap C Reddy, Chairman of Apollo Hospitals, had briefed the Governor on the treatment being given to Jayalalithaa by a team of experts including doctors of Critical Care Group, senior cardiologist, senior respiratory physician, dieticians and diabetologist, among others. Reddy told the Governor that Jayalalithaa continues to be under treatment and observation for all vital parameters, respiratory support and passive physiotherapy.”

In another positive sign that she is on the road to recovery, Kerala CM Oommen Chandy has confirmed what the doctor have been saying after a visit to Apollo a few days back. He said he had conferred with doctors and their overall assessment of her health was optimistic.

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జయలలిత కోలుకుంటున్నారు

  • గవర్నర్ విద్యాసాగర్ రావు వెల్లడి

చెన్నై: ముఖ్యమంత్రి జయలలిత “త్వరితగతిన కోలుకుంటున్నా”రని తమిళనాడు-మహారాష్ట్ర గవర్నర్ సి హెచ్ విద్యాసాగర రావు చెప్పారు. జయలలిత త్వరితగతిన కోలుకుంటున్నందుకు గవర్నర్ సంతోషం వ్యక్తం చేసినట్లు రాజ్ భవన్ ఒక ప్రకటనలో తెలిపింది.

గవర్నర్ శనివారం నాడు జయలలిత చికిత్స పొందుతున్న అపోలో ఆసుపత్రిని సందర్శించారు. ఆయన ఆసుపత్రిని సందర్శించడం ఈ నెలలో ఇది రెండవసారి. గవర్నర్ ముఖ్యమంత్రి ఉన్న వార్డుకు  వెళ్ళి ఆమెను చూశారని రాజ్ భవన్ ప్రకటన తెలిపింది.

అపోలో ఆసుపత్రుల ఛైర్మన్ డా. ప్రతాప్ సి. రెడ్డి జయలలితకు అందిస్తున్న చికిత్స గురించి గవర్నర్ కు వివరించారు. వివిధ అంశాలకు చెందిన నిపుణులు ఆమెకు చికిత్స అందిస్తున్న సంగతి తెలిసినదే.  ఆమె చికిత్సకు బాగా స్పందిస్తున్నారనీ, తెలివిలో ఉన్నారనీ వైద్యులు చెప్పినట్టు రాజ్ భవన్ ప్రకటన వెల్లడించింది.

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Jaya Progressing, interacting

Chennai: A doctor who is a member of the team treating Tamil Nadu Chief Minister J Jayalalithaa singed the official health bulletin released on Friday by the Apollo hospital. There were rampant speculations about Jayalalithaa’s health in the absence of health bulletin for two weeks.

The bulletin released with a doctor’s signature for the first time said the chief minister is interacting with the doctors and progressing gradually.  The release said Jayalalithaa is under treatment and passive physiotherapy and respiratory support are being given. She is being monitored continuously and needs to stay at the hospital for some more time.

Dr N Satyabhama, Director of Medical Services at Apollo hospital, signed the press release. She said all vital parameters are being very closely observed.

Governor Visits Apollo

Chennamaneni Vidyasagara Rao, acting Governor of Tamil Nadu, had arrived here from Mumbai on Saturday morning and visited Apollo hospital. He said Chief Minister J Jayalalithaa has been recovering. She is under observation, Rao told the media persons.

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జయలలిత ఎలా ఉన్నారు?

  • వారం రోజులుగా హెల్త్ బులిటెన్ లేకపోవడం పై విస్మయం
  • నోరు జారితే తాట తీసే పనిలో పోలీసులు
  • 50 కేసులు, 8 అరెస్టులు

చెన్నై: తమిళనాడు ముఖ్యమంత్రి జయలలిత ఎలా ఉన్నారు? ఏ వైపునుంచీ జవాబు దొరకని ఈ ప్రశ్న అటు అభిమానులనే కాక, ఇటు పరిశీలకులను కూడా వేధిస్తోంది. ప్రత్యేకించి జయలలిత ఆరోగ్య పరిస్థితిపై గత వారం రోజులుగా అపోలో ఆసుపత్రి డాక్టర్లనుంచి ఒక్క బులిటెన్ కూడా జారీకాకపోవడం ఆమె ఆరోగ్యం గురించిన ఆందోళనతోపాటు విస్మయం కలిగిస్తోంది. పార్టీ కార్యకర్తలనుంచి కూడా ఎలాంటి ప్రకటనలూ లేవు. అలాగే ఆసుపత్రి సందర్శనకు ప్రముఖులు రావడమూ తగ్గిపోయింది.

గవర్నర్ విద్యాసాగర్ రావు రంగంలోకి దిగి మంత్రివర్గ సీనియర్ సభ్యుడు పన్నీర్ సెల్వన్ కు తాత్కాలికంగా పరిపాలనా బాధ్యతను అప్పగించి, ముఖ్యమంత్రి నిర్వహిస్తున్న శాఖలను ఆయనకు అప్పగించడం వంటి చర్యలు తీసుకున్నాక రోజువారీ పాలన గురించి ఆందోళనైతే కొంత తప్పింది. ఆ విషయంలో ప్రతిపక్షాల తెస్తున్నా ఒత్తిడీ కొంత తగ్గుముఖం పట్టింది. అంతవరకు బాగానే ఉన్నా ముఖ్యమంత్రి ఆరోగ్య పరిస్థితిపై ఉలుకూ పలుకూ లేకపోవడమే చర్చనీయం అవుతోంది. ఆమె నిరంతరం వైద్యుల పర్యవేక్షణలో ఉంటున్నారనో, మరికొన్ని రోజులు ఆసుపత్రిలోనే ఉండవలసి రావచ్చనో..ఆసుపత్రి వర్గాలు కనీసం హెల్త్ బులిటెన్ జారీ చేయకపోవడం ప్రశ్నార్థకమవుతోంది.

మరోపక్క పోలీసులపై అదనపు భారం పడింది. ముఖ్యమంత్రి ఆరోగ్యం గురించి వదంతులను వ్యాపింప జేసే వారిని వెతికి వెతికి పట్టుకుని అరెస్టు చేసే పనిలో తలమునలవుతున్నారు. సోషల్ మీడియాలో వదంతులను, తప్పుడు సమాచారాన్ని పోస్ట్ చేసే వారిని గుర్తించి పట్టి ఇవ్వడానికి సైబర్ నిపుణులను కూడా బరిలోకి దింపారు. ఇంతవరకు  50 క్రిమినల్ కేసులను దాఖలు చేశారనీ, ఎనిమిదిమందిని అరెస్టు చేశారనీ సమాచారం. ముఖ్యమంత్రి పరిస్థితిపై ఎవరు ఏ కొంచెం నోరుజారినా సహించేది లేదన్న హెచ్చరికను పోలీస్ యంత్రాంగం సమర్థంగా జనానికి అందించగలిగినట్టు కనిపిస్తోంది. కోయంబత్తూర్ లో ఎ ఐ ఎ డి ఎమ్ కె కార్యకర్త ఒకరు తన ఖాతా ఉన్న ఒక బ్యాంకుకు వెళ్లినప్పుడు అక్కడి ఉద్యోగులు ఇద్దరు ముఖ్యమంత్రి ఆరోగ్యం గురించి కాస్త లూజ్ గా మాట్లాడారనీ, దానిపై ఆ కార్యకర్త పోలీసులకు ఫిర్యాదు చేయగా వారు ఆ ఇద్దరినీ అరెస్టు చేశారనీ సమాచారం.  

వదంతులను వ్యాపింప జేసేవారిపై చర్య తీసుకోవడం అభినందనీయమే కానీ, ఆసుపత్రి హెల్త్ బులిటెన్లు జారీ చేయడం వాటి జోరుకు కొంతైనా అడ్డుకట్ట వేస్తుంది కదా అన్న అభిప్రాయాన్ని పరిశీలకులు వ్యక్తం చేస్తున్నారు.

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Some semblance of governance in the State

Ramaswami Sampath

Ramaswami Sampath

Thanks to the proactive intervention of the acting Governor of Tamil Nadu, Ch Vidyasagar Rao, the deadlock in governance since the last week of September due to the prolonged hospitalisation of Chief Minister J Jayalalithaa has been resolved to some extent. The Governor held discussions with senior most Cabinet ministers like O Panneerselvam and top officials like the Chief Secretary recently, and announced that Panneerselvam would preside over the Cabinet meetings until the ailing Chief Minister resumed her duties.

This arrangement has been hailed as pragmatic by impartial political observers who point out that a similar arrangement was in place in 1984 when the late Chief Minister MG Ramachandran was convalescing in a US hospital.  But opposition leaders like DMK chief M Karunanidhi smell the Centre’s hand in the initiative.  Vidyasagar Rao has, however, denied any such intervention from the Centre, and states that this interim arrangement is his own initiative after talking to top leaders of the ruling AIADMK and that he has not sent any report to the Union Home Ministry. In fact, he sent a report to the North Block only a couple of days ago, explaining the interim arrangement.

Karunanidhi has been seeking the appointment of an interim chief minister, while other opposition leaders, including those of the left parties, are not enthusiastic about the idea. But they are keen that the government apparatus should not suffer because of the “administrative vacuum”.

DMK treasurer and Opposition leader in the State Assembly MK Stalin, has, however, welcomed the Governor’s decision allocating the CM’s portfolios to Panneerselvam.  Stalin also called on Pannerselvam at the Secretariat and requested him to call an all-party meeting on the issue of setting up the Cauvery Management Board.

The main Apollo Hospital in the city where Jayalalithaa is under treatment is witnessing a steady stream of VVIPs seeking to know her health status from the hospital authorities. They included Union Ministers Arun Jaitley and M. Venkaiah Naidu, BJP president Amit Shah, Congress Vice-president Rahul Gandhi, Kerala Governor P Sathasivam, Kerala Chief Minister Pinnarayi Vijayan, former TN Governor K Rosaiah and Puducherry Chief Minister Narayanaswamy.

Though they could not meet her, presumably to avoid any further infections, they elicited the details of her treatment from hospital authorities. The uniform refrain from them is: “The Chief Minister is making steady progress and she will resume her duties soon.”  Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister Nara Chandrababu Naidu has arranged special worship at the Tirumala shrine, directing the Tirumala-Tirupati Devasthanam authorities to send the Lord’s ‘prasadams’ to Jayalalithaa. Karnataka Chief Minister Siddaramaiah has sent a personal message to his TN counterpart, wishing Godspeed.

 State leaders, cutting across the political divide, have also been calling at the hospital to inquire about the progress of treatment. They include Stalin, GK Vasan of the Tamil Maanila Congress; Thol Thirumavalavan of the Viduthalai Chiruthaigal Katchi; Paattaali Makkal Katchi founder S Ramadoss; and former TNCC chief EVKS Ilangovan.  Rajathi Ammal, wife of Karunanidhi and mother of DMK MP Kanimozhi, was one of the star visitors, and she spoke to Sasikala, the confidante of Jayalalithaa, and acquainted herself with the treatment procedures. Though Karunanidhi did not visit the hospital, he had issued a statement wishing Jayalalithaa speedy recovery.

Apart from Apollo’s in-house specialists, the Chief Minister is under observation by Dr Richard Beale, critical care specialist and clinical director and professor of intensive care medicine at the London-based Guy’s and St. Thomas NHS Foundation Trust, and two experts from the All-India Institute of Medical Sciences (Delhi), Dr GC Khilnani and Dr Nistish Naik.

The understanding is that the Chief Minister is provided with respiratory support. Since there have been no regular bulletins on her health from Apollo, except for occasional cryptic statements that “she is making a steady progress”, crowds of AIADMK cadres  are organising regular prayers for her quick recovery outside the hospital. Special worships are also being organised in many temples, mosques and churches all over the State.

In the absence of clear-cut statements from the hospital, the social media networks like Facebook, Twitter, You Tube and Whatsapp messenger are agog with rumours and posting of “malicious and false content  messages” about the Chief Minister’s health, compelling the Cyber Cell of the Chennai City Police to take steps to block and delete such posts. The Cyber Cell arrested on Saturday a trainee priest Antony Jesuraj on charges of posting and sharing false information through his Facebook account. With his arrest, the number of such detentions in the State has gone up to seven. Fifty cases have also been registered by the police so far. These steps are criticised as “political vendetta” by Karunanidhi and Ramadoss.

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Jaya opens eyes

Chennai: Tamil Nadu Chief Minister J Jayalalithaa has reportedly opened her eyes on the morning of Saturday. Usually reliable source in Apollo hospital informed that the CM is getting better because of the correct line of treatment which is being monitored by a group of Apollo doctors who are being advised by doctors who came from Britain and AIIMS in Delhi.

Two doctors have landed here from Singapore on Saturday to help the local doctors. Jayalalithaa was admitted in hospital on September 22 when she collapsed in her house at Poes Gardens. 

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Rosaiah Visits Apollo

Chennai: Konijeti  Rosaiah, former governor of Tamil Nadu, visited Apollo Hospital here on Friday evening. He could not see the ailing chief minister J Jayalalithaa as nobody except the doctors and nurses is allowed into her room.

Rosaiah told media persons that the doctors treating Tamil Nadu chief minister have informed him that she has been responding to the treatment and she needs to be in the hospital for some more time. Jayalalithaa was admitted in the hospital on September 22. Doctors from Britain and AIIMS, Delhi, had visited the hospital and advised the team of doctors attending on her on the line of treatment. O Panneerselvam, who earlier held the forte for Jayalalithaa twice when the courts banned from holding office, was entrusted the responsibility of running the government till the CM returns to office. Acting governor Ch Vidyasagar Rao has made the arrangement purportedly on CM’s advice.

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గవర్నర్ చర్యను ప్రశ్నించిన కరుణానిధి

  • పన్నీర్ సెల్వమ్ కు బాధ్యల అప్పగింతపై అభ్యంతరం
  • జయలలిత సలహా ఎలా పొందారో చెప్పాలని డిమాండ్

చెన్నై: ముఖ్యమంత్రి జయలలిత అపోలో ఆసుపత్రిలో చికిత్స పొందుతూ రోజుల తరబడిగా విధులకు దూరంగా ఉన్న పరిస్థితిలో ఆర్థికమంత్రి ఓ. పన్నీర్ సెల్వమ్ ను మంత్రివర్గ సమావేశాలకు అధ్యక్షత వహించవలసిందిగా గవర్నర్ సిహెచ్, విద్యాసాగర్ రావు కోరడంపై డీఎంకే అధినేత, మాజీ ముఖ్యమంత్రి కె. కరుణానిధి అభ్యంతరం వ్యక్తం చేశారు. తమిళనాడు పరిపాలనకు ఇంచార్జీగా పన్నీర్ సెల్వమ్ ను నియమించవలసిందిగా జయలలిత లిఖితపూర్వకంగా కోరారా అని 93 ఏళ్ల కరుణానిధి ప్రశ్నించారు.  ముఖ్యమంత్రిని చూడడానికి ఎవరినీ అనుమతించనప్పుడు గవర్నర్ ఆమె సలహా ఎలా పొందగలిగారని ఆయన ప్రశ్నించారు. ఈ విషయంలో ప్రభుత్వం వివరణ ఇవ్వాలని ఆయన డిమాండ్ చేశారు.

సెప్టెంబర్ 22 నుంచి ఆసుపత్రిలో చికిత్స పొందుతున్న జయలలితను చూడడానికి రాహుల్ గాంధీ, వెంకయ్య నాయుడు, ఎం డిమ్ ఎం కె నాయకుడు వైగో, ఇంకా మరికొందరు వెళ్లారు కానీ, ఇంటెన్సివ్ కేర్ యూనిట్ లో ఉన్న ఆమెను వాస్తవంగా చూడలేకపోయారు. జయలలితను చూడడానికి రావాలనుకున్న ప్రధాని నరేంద్ర మోడి చూసే అవకాశం లేదని తెలిసి తన చెన్నై ప్రయాణాన్ని రద్దు చేసుకున్నారు.  చికిత్సకు ఆమె స్పందిస్తోందని డాక్టర్లు అంటున్నారు. ఆమె శ్వాస సంబంధమైన సపోర్ట్ మీద ఉన్నారు. ఎక్కువ కాలం ఆమె ఆసుపత్రిలో ఉండాల్సివస్తుందని డాక్టర్లు ఇప్పటికే చెప్పారు. అందుకే దైనందిన పాలనా వ్యవహారాలను పర్యవేక్షించడానికి ఒక తాత్కాలికమైన ఏర్పాటు అవసరమని గవర్నర్ భావించినట్టు అర్థమవుతోంది. జయలలిత చట్ట రీత్యా ముఖ్యమంత్రిగా కొనసాగే అవకాశం లోపించినప్పుడు 2001-02లో , 2014-15లో పన్నీర్ సెల్వమ్ తాత్కాలిక ముఖ్యమంత్రిగా నియమితులయ్యారు.

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‘Man Friday’ Panneerselvam given Jaya’s portfolios

Primepost Bureau

Chennai: Tamil Nadu Finance Minister O Panneerselvam is Man Friday for AIADMK supremo J Jayalalithaa. For the third time in Jayalalithaa’s political career as chief minister, Panneerselvam has become a stand-in; this time due to her prolonged illness.

In September 2001, when the apex court had disqualified Jayalalithaa in the Tansi land scam, Panneerselvam had been the interim CM for six months. Again, in September 2014, he was the man to be called in when a Bangalore court sentenced Jayalalithaa to four years in jail in a corruption case. Now, Panneerselvam has once again come out of shadows to preside over Tamil Nadu administration.

Not to be missed in his temporary elevation thrice is the month –September – that is coincidentally destine. Since Chief Minister  Jayalalithaa was admitted to Apollo Hospital in Chennai on September 22, DMK and other parties have been demanding an interim chief minister. With “respiratory support” still continuing and the actual medical condition is not clearly known, calls have become shriller for another minister to take over her responsibilities. The ruling party AIDMK had managed to dodge the issue until Tuesday when the Tamil Nadu Governor Ch Vidyasagar Rao allocated Jayalalithaa’s  portfolios to Panneerselvam. However, it doesn’t mean he is the pro tem CM. Jayalalithaa continues to be the chief minister.

According to a Raj Bhavan press release, “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 Panneerselvam. He will also preside over cabinet meetings. 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. Jayalalithaa will continue to be the Chief Minister.”

Political observers compare Panneerselvam to Bharat in the Ramayana. According to the scripture, when Rama went into exile for 14 years, his brother Bharat had kept Rama’s paadukas on the throne and ruled the country. Bharat handed over the reign to Rama once he returned to the kingdom. In Panneerselvam’s case, twice he gave up in-charge status in favour of Jayalalithaa.

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అపోలోను సందర్శించిన అరుణ్ జైట్లీ, అమిత్ షా

చెన్నై: కేంద్ర ఆర్థిక మంత్రి అరుణ్ జైట్లీ, బీజేపీ అధ్యక్షుడు అమిత్ షా బుధవారం చెన్నై వచ్చి ముఖ్యమంత్రి జయలలిత చికిత్స పొందుతున్న అపోలో ఆసుపత్రిని సందర్శించారు. ఆమె త్వరగా కోలుకోవాలని వారు ఆకాంక్షించారు. గతన నెల 22 నుంచి జయలలిత ఆసుపత్రిలో ఉన్న సంగతి తెలిసినదే. కాంగ్రెస్ ఉపాధ్యక్షుడు రాహుల్ గాంధీతో మొదలుపెట్టి కేంద్ర స్థాయి నాయకులు, గవర్నర్లు, ముఖ్యమంత్రులు  జయలలితను చూసే నిమిత్తం ఆసుపత్రిని సందర్శిస్తూనే ఉన్నారు. రాహుల్ గాంధీ తర్వాత కేంద్రమంత్రి ఎం. వెంకయ్య నాయుడు చూసి వెళ్లారు. కేరళ ముఖ్యమంత్రి పినరాయి విజయన్, పుదుచ్చేరి ముఖ్యమంత్రి వి. నారాయణసామి చూసి వెళ్లారు. అలాగే, మహారాష్ట్ర-తమిళ నాడు  గవర్నర్ సిహెచ్. విద్యాసాగర్ రావే కాక, కేరళ గవర్నర్ పి. సదాశివం కూడా సందర్శించారు.

అదలా ఉండగా, ముఖ్యమంత్రి జయలలిత కోలుకునే వరకూ ఆమె నిర్వహిస్తూ వచ్చిన శాఖల్ని ఆర్థిక మంత్రి ఓ. పన్నీర్ సెల్వమ్ కు గవర్నర్ విద్యాసాగర్ రావు కేటాయించారు.  మాత్రివర్గ సమావేశాలకు పన్నీర్ సెల్వమ్ అధ్యక్షత వహిస్తారు. గతంలో జయలలిత రెండుసార్లు జైలుకు వెళ్లినప్పుడు ఆయననే తాత్కాలిక ముఖ్యమంత్రిగా నియమించిన సంగతి తెలిసినదే.

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