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Panneerselvam holds first Cabinet meeting after Jaya's illness

The Cauvery water issue is said to have figured prominently in the cabinet meeting, which was held in front of Jayalalithaa's photo

Press Trust of India  |  Chennai 

Panneerselvam holds first Cabinet meeting after Jaya's illness

For the first time after the Governor re-allocated the portfolios of ailing Chief Minister Jayalalithaa, state Finance Minister O today presided over a meeting of the state cabinet to discuss, among other matters, the vexed issue.

Although the government did not release details of the agenda of the meeting, the Cabinet is understood to have deliberated on the ongoing water sharing dispute with Karnataka, besides other subjects.

The meeting also comes ahead of the scheduled onset of north-east monsoon later this month. The rains in December last year had wreaked havoc, flooding Chennai and nearby districts.

Last week, Governor Ch Vidyasagar Rao had allotted the portfolios including Home held by to Panneerselvam, till the time she returned to resume official duties.

The government released photographs of today's cabinet meeting, where was seen seated with a picture of placed on his desk.

The nearly hour-long meeting was held in the backdrop of the ongoing water sharing row with Karnataka and demands by Opposition parties for an all-party meeting on the issue.

Farmers' bodies and political parties had staged a two-day state-wide rail blockade ending Tuesday, urging the Centre to constitute the Cauvery Management Board.

The Raj Bhavan had last week in a release, said Paneerselvam, who holds the Administrative Reforms portfolio, in addition to Finance, "will also preside over cabinet meetings."

The last Cabinet meeting held by was in July this year to discuss the state budget.

68-year-old Jayalalithaa was admitted to the Apollo hospital on September 22 after she complained of fever and dehydration.

A specialist from London besides three-member team of doctors from AIIMS, Delhi, had also examined Jayalalithaa, who is being treated for infection with respiratory support.

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First Published: Wed, October 19 2016. 14:07 IST