Attorney General of India Mukul Rohatgi has once again said that a special session of the Tamil Nadu legislative assembly be convened and a floor test conducted. In his advise to the Governor of Tamil Nadu, the AG said that if there are rival claims then a composite floor test be conducted in accordance with the 1998 Jagadambika Pal vs Kalyan Singh case in Uttar Pradesh.
The Governor has so far sought the legal advise of three legal experts. Two legal experts suggested convening a special session and a composite floor test. The AG, senior counsels Soli Sorabjee and Mohan Parasaran have advised the Governor on the matter. In a communication to the centre on February 12, the Governor had cited the legal advise given by the three experts and said that he would be relying on the recommendations.
The Governor's report to the Home Ministry says that the AG and Parasaran had suggested conducting a composite floor test during a special session. Sorabjee had however said that the person with the largest number of MLAs must be sworn in.
Raj Bhavan is expected to announce a date later on Wednesday. Sources say that the floor test is likely to be held before the end of this week. A source close to the Governor informed OneIndia that he wanted the political turmoil to end. There was no delay by the Governor. Instead he wanted a clearer picture to emerge before he could invite anyone to form the government.
Had he given Sasikala Natarajan a chance to form the government, she would have had to step down following Tuesday's Supreme Court verdict that convicted her. This would have led to a full blown political crisis once again and all that the Governor wanted to do was to avoid such a situation.