Jayalalithaa still in hospital, DMK demands a "new Chief Minister" for smooth administration

Chennai: At a time when Tamil Nadu Chief Minister Jayalalithaa is being treated at a hospital, main Opposition party DMK on Sunday demanded either a "Chief Minister incharge or a new Chief Minister," to streamline governance.

However, the demand failed to find support even from the key ally of DMK, the Congress.

"When Chief Minister Jayalalithaa was admitted to the hospital, medical bulletins said that she will be discharged in a few days. Now, they say that she has to stay longer, and under such circumstances the state is also facing several issues like Cauvery," DMK treasurer and Leader of Opposition in the Assembly, M K Stalin told reporters.

"Hence, in order to ensure that the administration is being run properly, for sure, immediately a chief minister-incharge or a new chief minister should be appointed," he said.

A file photo of Jayalalithaa. PTI

A file photo of Jayalalithaa. PTI

He also remarked that, "It is the duty of the government to streamline governance (by appointing a new CM or a

Tamil Nadu Congress Committee president Su Thirunavukkarasar however said, "A regime is in place and the Chief Minister's health is improving."

"There is a Governor for (supervising) governance, (who is) the Constitutional head of the State government like the President at the Union level ... there is a Chief Secretary, Home Secretary, Secretaries for departments, Director General of Police, and senior Ministers are there ... there is a government machinery (in place)," he said, adding there was no "such need" for a Chief Minister in-charge.

MDMK chief Vaiko too said there was no need for any chief minister-incharge.

Viduthalai Chiruthaigal Katchi (which is part of the People's Welfare Front comprising MDMK, CPI, and CPI(M)) chief Thol Thirumavalavan said, "Till such time the Chief Minister recovers, a democratic and transparent interim arrangement should be made in accordance with the Constitution to run governance in Tamil Nadu."

Updated Date: Oct 10, 2016 07:21 AM

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