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Jaya’s adviser in driving seat: These babus call the shots in other states

It isn’t Tamil Nadu chief minister J Jayalalithaa alone who is the centre of attention at the city’s Apollo Hospital. Somewhere on the second floor where the ailing chief minister is being treated by a team of top doctors, another lady holds court these days with top officials queuing up for instructions.

india Updated: Oct 08, 2016 13:52 IST
HT Correspondent
Retired IAS office Sheela Balakrishnan is being credited with running the Tamil Nadu government while chief minister J Jayalalithaa remains hospitalised.
Retired IAS office Sheela Balakrishnan is being credited with running the Tamil Nadu government while chief minister J Jayalalithaa remains hospitalised.(Handout photo)

It isn’t Tamil Nadu chief minister J Jayalalithaa alone who is the centre of attention at the city’s Apollo Hospital. Somewhere on the second floor where the ailing chief minister is being treated by a team of top doctors, another lady holds court these days with top officials queuing up for instructions.

Retired IAS officer, Sheela Balakrishnan, 62, is credited with running the state administration while the chief minister is battling her illness.

Hindustan Times takes a look at other bureaucrats who are the real power behind the thrones in states:

ODISHA
Name: V K Pandiyan, 2000 batch IAS officer.
Designation: Private Secretary to CM
Power-point: Known to pull strings in the CM’s office, the low profile bureaucrat has been instrumental in launching some of the most successful schemes. Wields enormous power not only in the government but also in Biju Janata Dal, as he controls access to the CM. He has been listed as most powerful bureaucrat by surveys done by Odisha television channel.
UTTAR PRADESH
Name: Anita Singh, 1990 batch IAS
Designation: Principal Secretary to CM
Power-point: Singh is the boss of the secretariat that houses CM Akhilesh Yadav’s office. Also, having worked under Akhilesh’s father Mulayam Singh during the earlier SP regime, she enjoys the complete trust of the powers that be. Singh’s command is considered the final order of the political bosses in UP..
RAJASTHAN
Name: Tanmay Kumar, 1993 batch IAS
Designation: Secreatry to CM Vasundhara Raje
Power-point: Is the most powerful bureaucrat in state as he controls access to CM and his opinion matters on all major decisions. He has the last word on all decisions and is the final authority in transfers and postings. Plus, he enjoys Raje’s complete trust.
PUNJAB
Name: Gaggandip Singh Brar, 1990 batch PCS
Designation: Special Principal Secretary to CM
Power-point: Brar is the eyes and ears for the ageing but agile Parkash Singh Badal. The entire Badal clan trusts this low-profile bureaucrat unquestioningly. Having family ties with the ruling clan is seen as the primary reason behind Badal opting for Brar when the SAD-BJP government dethroned the Congress in March 2007.
JHARKHAND
Name: Sanjay Kumar, 1990 batch IAS
Designation: Principal Secretary to CM
Power-point: Known to pull strings in the CM’s office, the low profile bureaucrat has been instrumental in launching some of the most successful schemes. Wields enormous power not only in the government but also in Biju Janata Dal, as he controls access to the CM. He has been listed as most powerful bureaucrat by surveys done by Odisha television channel.