A Tamil Nadu Raj Bhavan statement states that The portfolios held by Chief Minister J.Jayalalithaa, who is currently in hospital, have been allocated to state Finance Minister O.Panneerselvam.
Governor Under Clause (3) of the Constitution’s Article 166, allocated Jayalalithaa held the portfolios of Public, Indian Administrative Service, Indian Police Service, Indian Forest Service, General Administration, District Revenue Officers, Police and Home to Panneerselvam.
With this move, Panneerselvam has become No less than the acting CM of Tamilnadu once again. Panneerselvam has earlier served as Chief Minister when Jayalalithaa had to step down on corruption charges after conviction.
Congress and DMK leader M.K.Stalin welcomed the Governor’s decision.