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Panneerselvam to chair TN Cabinet meet in Jaya's absence

Press Trust of India  |  Chennai 

Finance Minister O Panneerselvam, who has been allocated the portfolios held by ailing Chief Minister Jayalalithaa, will preside over a meeting of the cabinet tomorrow, government sources said today.

Panneerselvam will chair the meeting as is undergoing medical treatment at the Apollo Hospital here since September 22.

The meeting to be held tomorrow comes in the backdrop of the ongoing Cauvery water sharing row with and demands by Opposition parties for an all-party meeting on the issue.

Farmers' bodies and political parties had staged state- wide rail blockade yesterday and today urging the Centre to constitute the Cauvery Management Board.

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

The had then, in a release, said Paneerselvam, who holds the Administrative reforms portfolio, in addition to Finance, "will also preside over cabinet meetings."

68-year-old 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: Tue, October 18 2016. 19:48 IST