All eyes would be on Tamil Nadu Governor Vidyasagar Rao who is scheduled to meet with both Chief Minister O Panneerselvam and AIADMK interim general secretary Sasikala Natarajan on Thursday. While OPS is scheduled to meet with Rao at 5 pm, the meeting with Sasikala has been fixed for 7.30 pm.
Sasikala will tell the governor that she has the requisite strength to form the government. Sources however indicate that she is not in favour of a floor test for now. She would say that she has been elected as the leader of the legislature party and her MLAs have backed her in large numbers. She would also tell the governor that she had written a letter to this effect, but the same was not acted upon.
Panneerselvam however would want the governor to call for a floor test. He has been saying in the media that during a floor test many MLAs would back him. He would say that such a decision can be taken only through a floor test. He would also tell Rao that Sasikala was not the choice of the people and hence she not be allowed to form the government in Tamil Nadu.
The governor has several options before him. In such a situation, the governor normally orders a floor test. He is however expected to Sasikala to wait till the Supreme Court delivers the verdict in the Disproportionate assets case. This is the same advice that was given to her by leaders in Delhi who are closely monitoring the situation.
Meanwhile the governor has told Sasikala that she can take only 10 members to the Raj Bhavan. This effectively means she cannot parade her MLAs before the Governor.