Chennai: TN Governor Ch Vidyasagar Rao will invite AIADMK Legislature Party leader Edappadi K. Palanisami to form the government on Thursday, sources stated. The swearing-in could be held in the evening.
Sources stated Mr. Vidyasagar Rao would give Mr. Edappadi Palanisamy between 3 days and a week to prove his majority in the Assembly. Sources stated the Governor’s office had confirmed the signatures of the 124 legislators, whose letters of support Mr. Palanisami had submitted to Mr. Vidyasagar Rao earlier in the day for the second time.
Sources stated the government could call for the Assembly, which had been adjourned sine die after a special session to pass the legislation on jalikattu and had not yet been prorogued.
Sources stated the Governor was of the view that the whole world knew that Mr. Edappadi Palanisamy had the numbers on his side. The Governor formed the view that he would go by the time-tested tradition of inviting the leader appealing majority support.
He was of the view that the advice of Attorney General Mukul Rohatgi to hold a joint floor test to determine the strength of the two sides did not arise in this case, sources stated.
Mr. Vidyasagar Rao’s stand was that no Governor had called for such a test, which had only been ordered by the Supreme Court, sources stated.
O Panneerselvam’s numbers appeared weak
On Wednesday evening, the Governor met both applicants, Mr. Palanisami and caretaker Chief Minister O. Panneerselvam. AIADMK legislature party, Mr. Palanisami met Mr. Rao for the second time in as many days and insisted him to invite him to form the government.
Mr. O Panneerselvam and other senior leaders who have shifted to his camp met the Governor and requested that he be allowed to prove his majority on the floor of the TN Assembly. Of the options open to him, it appeared that on the strength of numbers, the Governor had to choose Mr. Palanisami. As Mr. O Panneerselvam’s numbers appeared very weak in comparison.