Tahlka News Desk
Chennai: Gorvernor of two states (Maharashtra and Tamil Nadu) C Vidyasagar Rao invites AIADMK's legislature party leader Edappadi K. Palanisamy to form government. Vidyasagar Rao appoints Edappadi K. Palanisamy as CM of Tamil Nadu, asks him to seek vote of confidence in 15 days, Raj Bhavan statement.
On Wednesday evening, the governor met both claimants caretaker chief minister O. Panneerselvam and Mr Palaniswamy and gave them a patient hearing.
A day after he was elected as the leader of the AIADMK legislature party, Palanisamy met Rao for the second time in two days and urged that he be invited to form the government.
After the meeting, fisheries minister D. Jayakumar said Mr Palanisamy has the support of 124 of the 134 party MLAs, and the governor should invite him to form the government without any delay.
Panneerselvam and other senior leaders who have shifted to his camp also met the governor and requested that he be allowed to prove his majority on the floor of the Tamil Nadu Assembly.
It appeared that on the strength of numbers, the governor had to choose Palanisamy. Panneerselvam's numbers appeared very weak in comparison, and he may have little claim in the current situation except an equal opportunity in a composite floor test.
The governor had been studying the opinions given by legal luminaries such Mukul Rohatgi and Soli Sorabjee. While Rohatgi has suggested a composite floor test to determine who commands the majority in the Assembly, Sorabjee is understood to have told him to invite the leader who has the backing of the required number of MLAs to form the government.
The situation changed dramatically after Palanisamy became the AIADMK candidate for chief ministership rather than Sasikala, who became disqualified to hold the post on Tuesday after the Supreme Court convicted her in the DA case.
Palanisami is not only a member of the House but was also not disqualified or likely to be disqualified from being a member. It was different in the case of Sasikala.