TN crisis: Simultaneous floor test likely

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Tamil Nadu Governor Vidyasagar Rao is expected to consult with the speaker of the legislature assembly about the possibility of conducting a simultaneous floor. The possibility of such a test arises since there are two claimants to the post of chief minister in the state.

Both Chief Minister O Panneerselvam and AIADMK interim general secretary Sasikala have claimed that they have the numbers in the Tamil Nadu Legislative assembly. Both leaders also met with Rao on Thursday and staked a claim to form the government.

Vidyasagar Rao

Rao has been holding consultations with legal experts on this peculiar situation in Tamil Nadu. All those who advised the governor say that guidelines laid down in the S R Bommai verdict must be followed. The verdict says that the party that has the majority on the floor of the house will form the government.

The Bommai verdict

While consulting with the speaker, Rao sought to know if a simultaneous floor test could be held. This would mean both OPS and Sasikala would get a chance to prove their majority on the floor of the house. The governor is expected to make an announcement on Friday in a bid to put an end to the week old turmoil.

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