The Tamil Nadu government seems to be out of action since Jayalalithaa’s conviction on September 27 in the disproportionate assets case.
Her loyalist and state’s new chief minister O Panneerselvam and all 30 ministers put in a brief appearance at the secretariat after they were sworn in last Monday and then headed off to Bangalore for a darshan of Amma.
When the country was participating in Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s Swachh Bharat campaign on October 2, Tamil Nadu was the only state that gave it a miss.
Requesting anonymity, an industrialist said, “The government is missing in action and this is sending out bad signals and damaging the state image known for its good administration.”
“Today, there is a failure of democratic government and there is near collapse,” said MG Devasahayam, retired civil servant. “They are damaging the cause of Jayalalithaa by not attending the office,” he said.