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Jayalalithaa introduces 3 ministers and drops 3

Chennai, Feb 27 (): Tamil Nadu Chief Minister J Jayalalithaa on Wednesday took a sudden decision to drop three of her Ministers from the cabinet and replaced them with three new faces who are expected to be sworn in as ministers on Thursday.

Following the chief minister’s decision, Governor Dr K Rosaiah announced the decision to drop Tourism Minister Ms Gokula Indira, Health Minister Dr V S Vijay and Minister for School Education Sports and Youth Welfare, Law, Courts and Prisons N R Sivapathy from the Council of Ministers.

 The governor announced to induct the new Ministers tomorrow morning at a function held at Raj Bhavan at 1100 hrs.  The three new Ministers who will be inducted tomorrow into the state cabinet are Jolarper Assembly Constituency MLA K C Veeramani, Manachanalur Legislator T B Poonachi and Aruppukottai MLA Dr Vaigai Chelvan.

After the AIADMK government came to power in May 2011, this is known to be the eighth reshuffle of the state Cabinet decided by the Chief Minister.  Sources said that Governor Dr K Rosaiah without any hesitation approved Jayalalithaa’s decision to drop the ministers.

Mr Poonachi who was nominated as Minister for Khadi and Village Industries, took the portfolio from Chendur Pandian who was allotted as Khadi and Village Industries Board, Bhoodhan and Gramadhan.

Mr Chendur Pandian, who was redesignated as Tourism Minister, was also assigned the portfolios of Tourism and Tourism Development Corporation. Dr Vaigaichelvan, who was designated as the Minister for School Education, Sports and Youth Welfare will be allotted the portfolios of School Education, Archaeology, Sports and Youth Welfare, Tamil Language and Tamil Culture which was under the control of  Mr Sivapathy till now.

Municipal and Rural Development Minister K P Munusamy who was redesignated as Minister for Municipal Administration, Rural Development, Law, Courts and Prisons, was in addition allocated the portfolios of Law, Courts and Prisons, Personnel and Administrative Reforms and Prevention of Corruption.