As Tamil Nadu reels under uncertainty with its chief minister J Jayalalithaa still admitted in hospital, the Centre is working on appointing a full fledged governor in the state. Top home ministry sources said that Tamil Nadu may get a new governor soon as the BJP government is toying with names to hold the Raj Bhavan charge. It presently being held by Chennamaneni Vidyasagar Rao.
Rao, the governor of Maharashtra, has been holding additional charge of Tamil Nadu Raj Bhavan since September 2016 when Konijeti Rosaiah demitted office after completing his five year tenure .
Rao was sworn in as Maharashtra governor on August 30, 2014. While indicating that Tamil Nadu may soon get a full fledged governor, keeping in mind the recent developments in the state and the need for dedicated attention to governance issues, sources in the ministry said that the decision would rest on a final “political call" taken by the BJP brass in New Delhi.
Till late Thursday evening, the bureaucratic process to move the file for appointment had not commenced in the home ministry.
Rao has been busy visiting the ailing chief minister in hospital and inquiring about her health. Over the last few weeks, he has also held regular consultations with the state brass, including the chief secretary, on the burning issues including the Cauvery water dispute.