In a Surprise Move, Jayalalithaa Drops Transport Minister Senthil Balaji

In a surprise move, Chief Minister and AIADMK general secretary J Jayalalithaa on Monday dropped Transport Minister V Senthil Balaji from the State Cabinet.

Published: 27th July 2015 12:51 PM  |   Last Updated: 27th July 2015 02:57 PM   |  A+A-

CHENNAI: In a surprise move, Chief Minister and AIADMK general secretary J Jayalalithaa on Monday dropped Transport Minister V Senthil Balaji from the State Cabinet. A communication from the Raj Bhavan said Governor K Rosaiah, accepted the recommendation and relieved Balaji from the Cabinet.

Meanwhile, a release from the AIADMK headquarters here said Senthil Balaji has also been relieved as party’s Karur district secretary.  The portfolios looked after by him - Transport, Nationalised Transport and Motor Vehicles Act have been allocated to Industries Minister P Thangamani.  He would also hold additional charge as the party’s Karur district secretary.

Senthil Balaji has been a confidante of Jayalalithaa for a long time and his removal from the Cabinet as well party post came as a surprise to the cadre.  In the past, senior Ministers KA Sengottaiyan and KP Munusamy,  SS Krishnamurthi and Madhavaram V Murthi faced similar action. They have lost their party post and dropped from the Cabinet also.

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