Suspense on floor test in Tamil Nadu may end today

RSTV Bureau
File photo of Tamil Nadu Raj Bhavan, Chennai.

File photo of Tamil Nadu Raj Bhavan, Chennai.

Headway is expected soon in the government formation in Tamil Nadu with Governor C Vidyasagar Rao tipped to take a call today evening on the floor test. Rao has been consulting legal experts over the affairs in Tamil Nadu and will be taking a decision on the formation of a new government after consulting, most likely three legal luminaries.

In his only report sent on Sunday to the central government, ever since O Panneerselvam resigned as Chief Minister on February 5, the Governor conveyed that he had taken legal opinions from Attorney General Mukul Rohatgi, former Solicitor General Mohan Parasaran and constitutional exp`ert Sorabjee.

Two of the three experts are said to have suggested that a composite floor test like the one conducted in Uttar Pradesh in 1998 could be done in this case as well.

 AIADMK Legislative Party Leader 'Edappadi' Palaniswamy calling on Tamil Nadu Governor Ch Vidyasagar Rao to stake claim for formation of government at Raj Bhavan in Chennai on 14 February 2017.

AIADMK Legislative Party Leader ‘Edappadi’ Palaniswamy calling on Tamil Nadu Governor Ch Vidyasagar Rao to stake claim for formation of government at Raj Bhavan in Chennai on 14 February 2017.

According to reports, Soli Sorabjee suggested Rao that the floor test should not be delayed and maximum wait period should be for a week and the leader who commands largest number of MLAs should be sworn-in.

“The Governor is expected to take a decision on the basis of the suggestions given by the three legal experts,” the official said.

On Tuesday, hours after Supreme Court convicted Sasikala, newly elected AIADMK legislature party leader Edappadi K Palaniswami met governor C Vidyasagar Rao and staking claim to form the government.

In his brief meeting with the Governor, Palaniswami also presented a list of MLAs supporting his claim. Some senior leaders and ministers also accompanied Palaniswami, according to sources.

On the other hand, care taker CM O Panneerselvam, who had resigned last Sunday to pave way for Sasikala, only to change his mind later, had also met the governor last week briefing him on the prevailing situation.