Tamil Nadu governor meets state Ministers, Chief Secy

RSTV Bureau
File photo of Tamil Nadu Chief Minister J Jayalalithaa. Photo: PTI

File photo of Tamil Nadu Chief Minister J Jayalalithaa.
Photo: PTI

With Tamil Nadu Chief Minister J Jayalalithaa hospitalised, state Governor Ch Vidyasagar Rao late on Friday held a meeting with two senior ministers and Chief Secretary P Ramamohana Rao taking up how the day-to-day administration and affairs of the government are being handled. The Chief Minister has been hospitalised since September 22 after she complaint of fever and dehydration.

Although the Governor had visited Apollo Hospital on October 1, this was the first time he has held consultations with the senior ministers and the Chief Secretary since she was hospitalised.

In a statement released by the Raj Bhavan, the Governor enquired “about the general administration of the affairs of the government.”

“The Chief Secretary to Government briefed Honourable Governor about the administrative affairs that are being carried out on a day-to-day basis and also other general matters,” it further said, adding that the ministers and Chief Secretary met Rao “on the request of the Governor.”

Jayalalithaa’s trusted lieutenant and Finance Minister O Panneerselvam and his cabinet colleague Edappadi K Palaniswami also met the Governor at the Raj Bhavan where he enquired with them about the health condition of the Chief Minister.

Chennai: AIADMK women wing members having food from the floor as a prayer for a speedy recovery of party supremo and Chief Minister J. Jayalalithaa, at a temple in Chennai, October 4, 2016. Photo - PTI

Chennai: AIADMK women wing members having food from the floor as a prayer for a speedy recovery of party supremo and Chief Minister J. Jayalalithaa, at a temple in Chennai, October 4, 2016.
Photo – PTI

The meeting also took up the issue of dispute over the sharing waters of river Cauvery.

The Governor enquired about the arrangements made for the visit and information to be presented to the High Level Technical Committee on Cauvery issue constituted by the Centre “to protect the welfare of farmers of Tamil Nadu”, it added.

According to the press release, Public Works Minister K Palaniswami explained in detail the arrangements made and related matters.

Earlier in the day, the Apollo Hospital had said that the 68-year-old AIADMK leader’s health condition “continues to improve” but requires a longer stay at the hospital.

“The consensus of opinions of all the experts is that the line of treatment given to the Chief Minister should be continued as she will require a longer stay at the hospital,” a release from the hospital had said.

(With inputs from the PTI)