Give Palaniswami 1 week for floor test, Subramanian Swamy asks TN governor
Chennai, Feb 16: Controversial Bharatiya Janata Party leader Subramanian Swamy on Thursday said Tamil Nadu governor Vidyasagar Rao should give All India Anna Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam legislature party leader Edappadi K Palaniswami one week's time for the floor test.
"From day 1 I have been saying that the Guv should swear in Sasikala/Palanisamy and give 1 week for floor test.Will Guv implement that today?" tweeted Swamy on Thursday.
From day 1 I have been saying that the Guv should swear in Sasikala/Palanisamy and give 1 week for floor test.Will Guv implement that today?— Subramanian Swamy (@Swamy39) February 16, 2017
At the time of filing this report, a meeting between the governor and Palaniswami was underway at Raj Bhavan in Chennai. There seems to be all likelihood that the governor would ask Palaniswami to form the next government in TN immediately.
On Wednesday, members from both the AIADMK camps--headed by caretaker chief minister O Panneerselvam and Palaniswami respectively--met the governor. AIADMK chief Sasikala's loyalist Palaniswami, who has been recently elected as the legislature party leader, met the governor first. Palaniswami insisted that he has support of 124 MLAs. Thereafter, caretaker chief minister Panneerselvam met the governor at Raj Bhavan.
Last week, Swamy had blamed Rao for the political stalemate underway in the southern state.
"Pannerselvam didn't give any list of MPs or MLAs who are supporting him. He didn't stake any claim. He just wants his resignation to be withdrawn. But, it has already been accepted. How can he do this? It's like putting toothpaste back in the tube," Swamy told ANI.
"So, if the governor has any chance, and he has woken up to his duties as a constitutional authority, he should ask Sasikala Natarajan to form a government and then move a resolution in the assembly for confidence vote and proceed from there. There is now nothing left. Had Pannerselvam produced a list, there would have been a question over which list to accept. If the governor now doesn't call Sasikala, it would mean he is playing politics and he deserves to be removed," he added.