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Tamil Nadu CM Jayalalitha's case highlights need for Deputy CM's post in every state
Tamil Nadu Chief Minister J. Jayalalithaa is not going to her office since September 22 amidst uncertainty about her illness resulting in the state's Governor ultimately asking state minister O Panneerselvam to look into work of ministries handled by Jayalalitha. This calls for compulsory post of Deputy Chief Minister in every state.

Creation of such a post will not financially burden state-exchequers because a Deputy Chief Minister gets pay, perks, facilities and allowances of that of a minister, and rather such post is designated to an existing minister only.

It is also time for a systematic reform in selection of Chief Minister, Speaker and Deputy Speaker in every state. Chief Minister should be elected simultaneously with Speaker and Deputy Speaker by all members of the lower house by secret vote through Electronic Voting Machines (EVMs) on nomination signed by at least 34 per cent members.

Such an elected Chief Minister should only be removed by a no-confidence motion passed through same procedure but with compulsion to name alternate leader in the same motion. Such a system can alone abolish trend of hung assemblies, mid-term elections and immoral politics apart from achieving ultimate goal of simultaneous elections to Lok Sabha and all state-assemblies.

System will get even courts' endorsement because some similar verdict was given by the Supreme Court in the matter 'UP government (Kalyan Singh) vs Jagdambika Pal' when for the only time a Chief Minister in the country was elected by secret votes of members of state-assembly in UP.

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