Tamil Nadu Chief Minister J Jayalalithaa on Friday morning called on acting Governor C Rangarajan, reportedly at the instance of the latter. The Governor, it is believed, may have handed over to the Chief Minister a copy of the directive from the Union home ministry and also sought an early response, as desired by the Centre.
According to reports, the state government is yet to acknowledge receipt of the directive. The bureaucracy is said to be awaiting political clearance for the move, and also on the initiation of follow-up action, based on the Centre's
Taking to newspersons on Thursday, Chief Secretary P Shankar said that the state government was working on the directive.
Director General of Police A Ravindranath, had in a separate statement, said that the department would initiate action where needed and would stand by the police personnel otherwise.
It is in this context that Friday's meeting between the Governor and the chief minister assumes significance.
Some political observers detect in the two bureaucratic observations a sign of the emerging differences within the administrative set-up on the one hand, and with the political leadership on the other.
Ravindranath's statement could mean that the department expects the state government to stand by the police officials who implemented the decisions taken at the political level.
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