CHENNAI: The uncertainty of the exact state of Tamil Nadu Chief Minister Jayalalitha health is increasing, voices asking for who is running the state in her absence is growing. The state Governor enquired about the working of the government with the Chief Executive of the state hospitalized.

With no second-rung leader in the AIADMK which unlike its bitter rival DMK does not have any other leader who is even a tenth of the party supreme’s stature, the question of who will handle the mantle of the party in Jayalalithaa’s absence has acquired new urgency. Jayalalitha had ensured that her reign remained supreme and had crushed any dissenting voice and this had made it impossible for any other leader to even project him or her as an alternative, even in situations like the present one.

Meanwhile, the Governor has met on Friday the state’s Chief Secretary and two senior ministers, O Panneerselvam and E K Palanisamy. Mr. Panneerselvam had substituted for Ms. Jayalalitha when she was arrested on corruption charges in 2014 before she was acquitted nine months later.

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These are trying times for the state which is embroiled in a bitter water dispute with the neighboring state, Karnataka. An expert team from Centre is to visit the state to try to find a solution for the vexed Kaveri water dispute with Karnataka, and the absence of the Chief Minister will be considered a significant disadvantage for Tamil Nadu.

The opposition DMK meanwhile lost no time in demanding the exact state of the CM’s health and asked for the appointment of a Deputy Chief Minister to run the affairs of the state.

Doctors attending on the 68-year-old CM said that she is on respiratory support and will remain for a considerable long time at Apollo Hospital. Two days ago a team of Doctors from AIIMS joined a specialist from the UK to monitor the health of the ailing leader.

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