Even as J Jayalalithaa continuing to remain in hospital since September 22, Tamil Nadu Governor Ch Vidyasagar Rao on Tuesday allocated the portfolios held by her to Finance Minister O Panneerselvam but said the AIADMK supremo will continue to be the Chief Minister.
The portfolios held by Jayalalithaa included public, IAS, IPS, IFS, general administration, district revenue officers, police and home.
An official statement from Raj Bhavan said, “Under Clause (3) of Article 166 of the Constitution of India, the Governor allocated the subjects hitherto dealt with by chief minister J Jayalalithaa to O Panneerselvam, minister of finance, personnel and administrative reforms.”
Panneerselvam will also preside over the cabinet meetings.
“This arrangement has been made as per the advice of the chief minister and will continue until Jayalalithaa resumes her duties,” the statement said.
Panneerselvam has, twice in the past stepped in as Chief Minister when Jayalalithaa had to step down. In September, 2001, she stepped down as her appointment as Chief Minister was quashed by the Supreme Court and Panneerselvam, a first time MLA then, replaced her.
Later, after her conviction by the special court in Bangalore in connection with the disproportionate wealth case in 2014, he once again was sworn in as Chief Minister.
Apollo Hospitals had said on Monday that Jayalalithaa was constantly being monitored by doctors and that respiratory support, antibiotics, nutrition, supportive therapy and passive physiotherapy were being provided to her.