Sasi’s Test 1 To­day; Test 2 in a Week

DA CASE VER­DICT TO­DAY; JUDGES LIST SEP­A­RATE JUDGE­MENTS; AG AD­VISES GUV TO OR­DER FLOOR TEST IN A WEEK If judges con­cur on Sasikala’s con­vic­tion, she will be dis­qual­i­fied from con­test­ing elec­tions and thus won’t be in a po­si­tion to be­come CM In case of a sp

The Economic Times - - Pure Politics -

New Delhi: The po­lit­i­cal drama in Tamil Nadu took a de­ci­sive turn on Mon­day af­ter the Supreme Court set Tues­dayas­the­date­forver­dicti­na­cor­rup­tion­casea­gain­stAIADMK­gen­eral sec­re­tary VK Sasikala and the at­tor­ney gen­eral ad­vised the Tamil Nadu gover­nor to or­der a com­pos­ite floor test in the state assem­bly in a week. The Supreme Court list showed that Jus­tices Pi­naki Chan­dra Ghose and Ami­tava Roy will read out sep­a­rate judge­ments in the case, in­tro­duc­ing the pos­si­bil­ity of a split ver­dict. In such a sce­nario, the case will be re­ferred to a three­judge bench for a fresh hear­ing.

If the judges con­cur on Sasikala’s con­vic­tion, she will be dis­qual­i­fied from con­test­ing polls and thus will not be in a po­si­tion to be­come CM.

Shortly be­fore the SC listed the ver­dict for Tues­day, at­tor­ney gen­eral Mukul Ro­hatgi ad­vised Tamil Nadu gover­nor Vidyasagar Rao to con­vene the state assem­bly within a week for hold­ing a floor test to de­cide whether chief min­is­ter Pan­neer­sel­vam or the Sasikala fac­tion of AIADMK en­joyed ma­jor­ity in the House.

Ro­hatgi is be­lieved to have ad­vised that the gover­nor should call a spe­cial ses­sion within a week to have a “com­pos­ite floor test as or­dered by t h e S u p r e me C o u r t in the Jag­dambika Pal case.” Jag­dambika Pal was sworn in CM of UP in 1998 by gover­nor Romesh Bhan­dari af­ter dis­miss­ing the Kalyan Singh govern­ment but af­ter the move was ques­tioned in the Supreme Court, it or­dered a test of ma­jor­ity be held in the House. Singh was re­in­stated as chief min­is­ter fol­low­ing the test.

In Chen­nai, Sasikala met over 100 AIADMK MLAs lodged at a re­sort in the city out­skirts for the third time in as­man­y­days.She­has­been­strug­gling to keep the flock of 129 MLAs to­gether af­ter six of them switched over to Pan­neer­sel­vam­camp.ElevenMPsare also back­ing Pan­neer­sel­vam. Tamil Nadu has a 234-mem­ber assem­bly.

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