In the middle of fast changing stakes in the Tamil Nadu power corridors, Governor Vidyasagar Rao on Monday met President Ram Nath Kovind to apprise him about the ongoing turmoil.
Rao is being constantly urged by Opposition parties and AIADMK dissenters to convene a floor test, so as to put the EPS government’s strength to test.
According to some reports, Governor Rao also met Finance Minister Arun Jaitley, as he has been actively involved in brokering a future alliance of the ruling party with BJP.Governor Rao will reach Chennai today to further hold more meetings.
In another development, a delegation of five senior AIADMK leaders including, KP Munusamy, Manoj Pandiyan and Rajya Sabha MP V Maitreyan met their attorneys to discuss regaining the two-leaves symbol from the Election Commission.
EPS FACTION AT EASE
The disqualification of 18 MLAs reduces the numerical worries for the Chief Minister. The 18 MLAs were threatening to vote against the ruling group upsetting the number game.
With the disqualification, the strength of the Tamil Nadu Assembly is now down to 216 from 234 and the Chief Minister needs support of only 108 MLAs to cross the litmus test.
Without the disqualification, the Chief Minister would have needed 118 MLAs.