Tuesday , January 22 2019

Sasikala versus O. Panneerselvam: Attorney General says hold a joint floor test

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New Delhi: With political chaos in Tamil Nadu continuing unrelieved, the Attorney General of India Mukul Rohatgi on Monday recommended the Governor of Tamil Nadu Ch. Vidyasagar Rao to hold a floor test to decide who the Chief Minister will be.

The Attorney General has suggested the Governor that a special Assembly session be arranged within a week to determine who among the 2 AIADMK leaders — O. Panneerselvam and V.K. Sasikala — enjoys majority support.

Sources stated that the opinion was sought by Tamil Nadu Governor Ch. Vidyasagar Rao from the Attorney General.

“The Attorney General Mukul Rohatgi cited the Jagdambika Pal precedent to ask the Governor to arrange a special Assembly session and put two resolutions — one in the name of Sasikala and one in the name of O Panneerselvam — to vote, within a week,” sources added.

Under the 1998 Supreme Court judgment in the Jagdambika Pal case, the SC had ordered a floor test in the Assembly to determine who among the two claimants — Mr. Jagdambika Pal and Kalyan Singh — had the majority for Chief Ministership of UP.

Two claimants from the same party

Interestingly, sources pointed out, that this time the floor test will be between two applicants from the same party.

“This may be possibly one of the unique situations where contenders from the same party are pitted against each other to decide who commands majority support among party legislators in the Assembly,” sources stated.

The opinion comes a week after the political chaos in Tamil Nadu began with O. Panneerselvam presenting his resignation as the Chief Minister.

Ms. Sasikala is claiming that she has the majority support of legislators and was confident of forming the government. Though, over the past few days, several MLAs have also have pledged support to O. Panneerselvam.

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