Which way the scales be tilted after Supreme Court’s verdict convicting Sasikala is still to be seen. The eyes are now set on Raj Bhavan, who may soon be asking for a floor test to determine who among the two warring factions of AIADMK — O Panneerselvam and V K Sasikala – enjoys majority.
While Sasikala herself is out of picture, there are speculations that her camp may come up with a nominee. On the other camp, celebrations broke outside Panneerselvam’s resident soon after the apex court order.
Reacting to the Supreme Court verdict, the AIADMK threw its weight behind the party General Secretary, saying she has always carried the “burden” of Jayalalithaa.
“Whenever there had been burden for Amma (Jayalalithaa) she (Sasikala) had taken it on her. She is doing the same now also. #Chinnamma,” the party’s official Twitter handle, @AIADMKOfficial said.
While the Panneerselvam camp continues to get boost with more legislators and leaders pledging support, reportedly, more than 100 MLAs are still inside Koovathur resort, 80 kilometres away from Chennai, where Sasikala too is staying put.
The suspense, however, is slated to end only after Governor gives a call for floor test on the assembly.
On Monday, Centre’s chief legal advisor Attorney General Mukul Rohtagi suggested Tamil Nadu Governor that a special Assembly session be convened within a week for a composite floor test.
According to the sources, an opinion was sought by Governor Ch Vidyasagar 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.
Both O Panneerselvam and V K Sasikala have already separately met the Governor Ch Vidyasagar Rao last week, where they briefed him on the prevailing situation.
(With inputs from the PTI)