Tamil Nadu looks for a stand-in CM as Jayalalithaa yet to recover
An interim Chief Minister has become a serious concern for the Tamil Nadu government as Jayalalithaa's hospitalisation continues indefinitely.
After a visit to Apollo hospital, Tamil Nadu Governor Vidyasagar Rao met senior ministers O Panneerselvam and EK Palanisamy, and the Chief Secretary on Friday evening. They discussed the possibilities of handing over the leadership to a stand-in CM.
MK Stalin, Leader of the Opposition, has already raised the demand that some minister should take over the charges of the CM.
"Initially, it was said the ailment of the Chief Minister was ordinary. But, yesterday’s medical bulletin shows that she is undergoing major treatment and should stay in hospital for a long time. I wish that Chief Minister should recover. However, a Chief Minister-in-charge, deputy Chief Minister or any of the ministers should take over Jayalalithaa’s responsibility," Stalin told media in Thanjavur, where he led a hunger strike against the Union government on the Cauvery issue. He also said that it was crucial since the state had to take decisions on key issues like the Cauvery dispute.
Jayalalithaa was admitted an Apollo hospital in Chennai on September 22. The hospital, in their statement, said that she is suffering from fever and dehydration. Moreover, she was on respiratory support and getting treated with antibiotics for infection.
"Jayalalithaa's health is recovering and making gradual progress. Yet she requires a longer stay in the hospital," stated the hospital report. So, pressure on the AIADMK is getting higher for appointing a substitute for her to lead the state affairs.