Convene assembly to decide majority: AG to Tamil Nadu Guv

RSTV Bureau

Sasikala O Panneerselvam Tamil Nadu

On a day of hectic developments in Tamil Nadu, Centre’s chief legal advisor Attorney General has suggested to the Governor that a special Assembly session be convened within a week for a composite floor test. In his opinion, Attorney General further said that the floor test is the only way to determine who among the two AIADMK leaders – O Panneerselvam and V K Sasikala – enjoys majority.

Both the leaders have already separately met the Governor Ch Vidyasagar Rao last week, where they briefed him on the prevailing situation.

According to the sources, an opinion was sought by Governor Rao from the Attorney General, who cited the 1998 Supreme Court judgement in the Jagdambika Pal case in which the apex court had ordered a floor test in the Assembly to determine who among the two claimants — Pal and Kalyan Singh — had majority for chief ministership of Uttar Pradesh.

The opinion, the sources said, has stated that “he (Governor) should call a special session within a week’s time and have a composite floor test as was ordered by the Supreme Court in the Jagdambika Pal case”.

The opinion on floor test was given as the two claimants are from the same party and they will be pitted against each other to determine who commands majority support in the Assembly, the sources said.

File photo of Maharashtra Governor Ch Vidyasagar Rao. He also holds additional post of Tamil Nadu Governor. Photo - PTI

File photo of Maharashtra Governor Ch Vidyasagar Rao. He also holds additional post of Tamil Nadu Governor.
Photo – PTI

Earlier, for the third day in a row, AIADMK General Secretary VK Sasikala will be holding discussions with party MLAs put up at a resort near here amid intense battle for power.

Sasikala left from Poes Garden residence and headed for the resort located at Koovathur, about 80 km from the state capital Chennai, where she will hold “key discussions” with the MLAs, party-backed Jaya TV reported.

She had held discussions with her MLAs at the resort on Saturday and Sunday and stressed the need to stay united to form the government.

On February 5, Sasikala was elected as the party’s Legislature Leader, a step towards her elevation as Tamil Nadu Chief Minister. However, two days later, Panneerselvam had revolted against her, alleging that he was forced to step down for her.

Support has been swelling for Panneerselvam, with a state minister and six MLAs (one of them is also a Minister) and 11 MPs switching over to his camp.

(With inputs from the PTI)