The ruling AIADMK in Tamil Nadu has called a legislature party meeting at its headquarters on May 22 to discuss the state’s political situation in the wake of party chief J Jayalalithaa’s acquittal in a disproportionate assets case.
All 151 party MLAs have been asked to attend the meeting which, sources said, has been called to pass a resolution enabling Jayalalithaa to take over as Tamil Nadu CM. The sources added that Jayalalithaa herself might not attend the legislature party meeting, which was announced on AIADMK channel Jaya TV on Friday morning.
The meeting has been announced at a time when public prosecutor B V Acharya has raised complaints of major “mathematical errors” in the Karnataka High Court judgment that acquitted the AIADMK supremo. An AIADMK party leader said the controversy over “mathematical errors” is unlikely to affect Jayalalithaa anymore. “Although Karnataka CM Siddaramaiah has said that they might file an appeal against the Karnataka High Court order in the Supreme Court, clarifications being prepared by Justice C R Kumaraswamy, who delivered the verdict, will ensure that no such appeal is filed. There will be a clarity on this matter by early next week. Copies of the final HC verdict should have already reached Tamil Nadu governor and state administration. There is no question of a change in verdict. If all these goes well, she will be CM in seven days,” he said.
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A party insider said that if all goes well, the 151 party MLAs attending the meeting will take not more than two hours to sign the resolution. “The meeting is scheduled to start at 7am and all MLAs and ministers will head to meet the Governor by 9am. She will come directly from Poes Garden to join them. Amma will complete all formalities before 10.30am,” he said, adding that the formalities would be completed before 10.30 as the time between 10.30am and 12 pm was “inauspicious.”
The AIADMK leader further said that the meeting was announced well in advance to put end to speculations that Jayalalithaa was not well and was under treatment. Since she was acquitted on Monday, Jayalalithaa has not met anyone.