The all-important Supreme Court verdict, which will decide the future of AIADMK supremo VK Sasikala, locked in a battle for chief ministership with O Pannerselvam, is set to be pronounced on Tuesday.
The make-or-mar judgement for Sasikala in the disproportionate assets case is likely to be delivered at 10:30 am, according to the Supreme Court causelist of cases to be taken up by it tomorrow.
The political future of Sasikala, a long-time friend of Jayalalithaa, would entirely hinge on the Supreme Court judgement.
Sasikala, who was elected AIADMK legislature party leader on February five, will be rendered ineligible for contesting an assembly election in the event of conviction, thereby stifling her ambition of becoming the Chief Minister.
The information about the likely Supreme Court order came on a day Attorney General Mukul Rohatgi advised Governor C Vidyasagar Rao to hold a special session of the state assembly within a week for a floor test to ascertain who between Sasikala and caretaker Chief Minister O Panneerselvam enjoys majority support of AIADMK MLAs.
In his opinion, sources said, Rohatgi has stated that “he (Governor) should call a special session within a week’s time and have a composite floor test as was ordered by the Supreme Court in the Jagdambika Pal case”
Earlier in the day, AIADMK General Secretary VK Sasikala held ‘key discussions’ with party MLAs put up at a resort near here amid intense battle for power. She also decided to stay at the resort located at Koovathur, about 80 km from.
Meanwhile, support has been swelling for Panneerselvam, with a state minister and seven MLAs (one of them is also a Minister) and 12 MPs switching over to his camp.
Amid the intense battle for power, Tamil Nadu Chief Minister O Panneerselvam on Monday went to the state Secretariat. It was Panneerselvam’s first visit to the Secretariat after his resignation on February 5 and being asked by Governor Ch Vidyasagar Rao to continue till alternative arrangements are made.