As Jayalalithaa’s recovery will take two more weeks according to doctors overseeing her recovery in hospital, the acting governor of Tamil Nadu has called two senior most cabinet ministers and the state chief secretary for two rounds of talks on Friday and is likely to declare his decision tomorrow to appoint a care-taker Chief Minister, as per the constitution.
The development came after Congress vice president Rahul Gandhi rushed to Chennai and visited the ailing AIADMK chief in the hospital. Though Rahul Gandhi said that Jayalalithaa is recovering, health bulletin said her discharge from hospital could take a longer time than anticipated. Now, that Rahul Gandhi visited the ailing CM, Prime Minister Narendra Modi is expected to follow suit and visit the hospital in the weekend.
As per the constitution, a stalemate situation has been created with no direct supervision of the state administration and the governor is expected to advise the ruling party to propose a name to be the interim CM, which could be finance minister O.Panneerselvam, as was the case in the past whenever the party or its leader ran into trouble. But a final decision will be taken by the party later.
Though the vexing Cauvery water row was temporarily averted with Karnataka yielding to a Supreme Court order to release water to Tamil Nadu, the technical committee is due to visit Tamil Nadu, where the state administration will have to brief the panel and put forward its arguments.
Apollo Hospital in its latest bulletin said the CM’s treatment regimen that includes respiratory support, medicine to decongest the lungs, administration of antibiotics and therapy would continue.