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    Who is exercising administrative power in Tamilnadu right now?


    Do you want to know who is exercising administrative power in the state of Tamil Nadu in the present scenario? Get the opinions and answers from the constitutional or political experts.

    We all know that the Prime Minister is the highest executive of the country. The President functions as per the advice of the Cabinet headed by the Prime Minister. Similarly, in States, the Chief Minister is the highest executive. The Governor functions as per the advice of the Chief Minister led Cabinet (except in some exceptional cases where the Governor uses his/her discretionary power).

    Tamilnadu is without the Chief Minister for last ten days or so. So, who is taking the administrative decision at the highest level in the State right now? Who is advising the Governor in respect of the administrative issues? Has the administration at highest level in the state stopped functioning?

    Constitutional experts may kindly reply.
  • #141281
    TamilNadu is with a Chief Minister al these days. O Paneerselvam was elected leader of the legislature party of AIADMK when Jayalalitha was seriously ill. Then Paneerselvam was made CM by governor. However when he submitted his resignation (on electing Sasikala as leader) governor asked him to continue as CM till new arrangements are made. So till Edappadi Palaniswamy was sworn in, Paneerselvam was the Chief Minister. He could do all that is needed for the administration of the state. He could sign all orders and sign on all the files submitted to him for consideration.

    However it is a normal practice for caretaker CM not to take decisions which may have far reaching long term consequences and take fresh policy decisions. Caretaker chief ministers usually take decisions on matters that are urgently required and on the routine day to day administration.
    The secretariat with the state Chief Secretary as its head is there to do all routine administration which are already decided and sanctioned by cabinet, and/or passed by the assembly.

  • #150255
    This question has been asked at the time when Jayalalitha was in the hospital and was on paper the Chief Minister. Well, now the State has come a full circle, with a challenger from the most corrupt family, whose name is Dinakaran. This challenger is from the Sasikala Family, which always functioned as an extra-constitutional authority during Jayalalitha's rule.

    However, today the Chief Minister and the Deputy Chief Minister are generally very ineffective, and are presiding over a developed State, which is now slipping so much on the development indices on every possible parameter,be it new investment or attracting Foreign Direct Investment. The State goes on from one controversy to the other, with corruption in every walk of life.

    And in the past ten days, we have had a huge sex scandal, involving a lady college professor.
    Worse, the State is now widely perceived, not without reason, as playing into the hands of the Central Government.

    Here, we have a Governor who has clearly gone far beyond his powers, and conducts direct reviews with officials of various departments, at different places. He openly talks about the performance of the State Government. The Governor of Tamil Nadu seems to be guided by his friends in New Delhi.

    We have a real crisis today in Tamil Nadu, as the ruling party does not have an absolute majority. The Dinakaran factor will play its own role in the days to come.


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