If governor feels TN trust vote was unfair, he can call for another
Following the chaotic trust vote that was held in the Tamil Nadu legislative assembly, leader of the opposition M K Stalin met Governor Vidyasagar Rao. He has complained that the trust vote was not favour as the entire opposition was evicted from the floor of the house. He has also complained that the request for a secret ballot was rejected.
The governor has several options before him. If he is satisfied with the complaint that the floor test was an unfair one, then he can order an investigation into the matter. The governor can call for the video footage and also summon the speaker and question him about the floor test.
If the governor is satisfied that the test was not conducted in a fair manner and the proper rules were not followed, he can always ask the chief minister to take another test. This time around the governor would send two observers to the legislative assembly to oversee the process. The votes would be cast on a ballot and would be handed over to the observers. It would be the observers who would report the result to the governor following which the same would be announced.
It may be recalled that a similar situation had arisen in Karnataka when B S Yeddyurappa was the chief minister. Yeddyurappa had taken the floor test amid chaos after the independents had pulled out of the government. A night before the floor test, the speaker suspended the independent MLAs which meant they were unable to vote.
After a brief court battle, the trust vote was held amid violence and chaos. The then governor of Karnataka, H R Bhardwaj had called for a report. He said that the rules were not followed and hence he directed Yeddyurappa to take another floor test. The floor test was held under the supervision of the governor's observers. Yeddyurappa, however, won the test.