If reports are to be believed, the entire administrative machinery in Tamil Nadu is in a state of limbo. With the chief minister of the southern state, J Jayalalithaa, nursing her ailments in Apollo Hospitals, Chennai, for more than 40 days, most of the ministers and bureaucrats are busy attending their “hospital duty”.
The main opposition, DMK, has alleged that the ruling AIADMK is not fulfilling its main duty-to serve the people of the state. DMK spokesperson TKS ELangovan said, “None of the ministers are seen to be doing their duties. Though there is a change in portfolio, nothing major is being done by the government. Most of them are not even going to the secretariat regularly.” The 68-year-old AIADMK supremo is undergoing treatment at the hospital since September 22.
The party members are maintaining that Amma is responding well to the treatment and is likely to be discharged from the hospital soon. However, there is still no clarity on the nature of her ailments. Earlier in October, all the portfolios being held by Jayalalithaa were reallocated to Finance Minister O Panneerselvam, on her advice. A release from the Raj Bhavan said Jayalalithaa would continue to be the Chief Minister. However, political pundits observe that the AIADMK, where everything revolves around Jayalalithaa, can’t function normally in the absence of its supremo for such a long time.(ONE INDIA,2016)