DMK chief M Karunanidhi has expressed his ‘surprise’ over the allocation all portfolios handled by Tamil Nadu Chief Minister J Jayalalithaa to her deputy O Panneerselvam.
Karunanidhi reportedly said it is a wonder that Tamil Nadu Governor Ch. Vidyasagar Rao allocated portfolios to Finance Minister O. Panneerselvam based on her advice.
“This is because a question has arisen among some people if Jayalalithaa had (actually) signed the file and rendered advice (regarding) allotting her portfolios to Finance Minister Panneerselvam,” Karunanidhi said.
“The Governor’s communique on Tuesday that this (portfolios’ allocation) has been done on the advice of Chief Minister is surprising,” he added.
According to media reports, the allocation portfolios to Panneerselvam has now triggered a constitutional debate in the state.
The latest statement from Apollo Hospitals, Chennai declared that she is under constant monitoring by intensivists and consultants, and said she may have to stay in the hospital for a longer period.
Karunanidhi clarified his doubt by citing the hospital statement and saying any of the leaders visited her were “not given the opportunity to directly see her and enquire about her health”.
However, DMK will accept the new development as an arrangement for “administrative convenience,” he added.
In line DMK Chief’s argument, other opposition parties in the state also raised questions over the shift of portfolios.
Karunanidhi earlier demanded the state government to release the chief minister’s photographs from hospital to put an end to rumours surrounding her health status.
S Ramadoss of the Pattali Makkal Katchi or PMK was quoted in media reports as saying: “Till the Governor explains, the decision will be suspect,” adding, “the Governor should not let unrelated people control government machinery.”