THIRUVANANTHAPURAM: On Sunday, Kerala Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan left for the US for medical treatment. Sources revealed that the CM will supposedly get his treatment done at Mayo Clinic and will return to India after three weeks of the treatment. Though the Kerala Chief Minister was supposed to leave on Monday, he left for the US one day before, sources added.

A press release revealed that Industries Minister EP Jayarajan in the absence of Vijayan will receive donations towards the Chief Minister’s Disaster Relief Fund (CMDRF) at the Chief Minister’s office in Thiruvananthapuram.

Pinarayi’s private secretary M V Jayarajan said, “the chief minister has not handed over charge to any of his cabinet colleagues. Since we have an e-file system, the chief minister would be examining relevant files from the US. However, Industries Minister E P Jayarajan would preside over Cabinet meetings, if any, in the absence of the chief minister Since he has gone for treatment, we cannot say about the date of return. He would go by the doctors’ advice”

On Saturday, Mr Vijayan briefed Governor Justice (Retd) P Sathasivam regarding his trip to the US for treatment. Besides this, the CM also communicated the governor about the efforts that have been taken by the government in order to rebuild the state and make it recover from the havoc.

Though Mr Vijayan should have left for the US on August 19 and return by the middle of this month, he postponed the trip overlooking the situations in the state that took more than 400 lives.

The chief minister had undergone a routine annual medical check-up at Apollo Hospitals at Chennai on March 3.