The budget session of the Tamil Nadu Assembly beginning on Wednesday would be an acid test for M K Stalin, seen as heir apparent to his father and Chief Minister M Karunanidhi, as he faces the legislature in his new role of Deputy Chief Minister.
55-year old Stalin, second son of Karunanidhi, was recently elevated to the post of Deputy Chief Minister.
Stalin would be deputising for 85-year-old Karunanidhi, whose physical mobility has been restricted after he underwent a spinal surgery in February, in the day-to-day affairs of the assembly.
Karunanidhi, who of late has been seen in public only on a motorised wheel chair, had entrusted to Stalin the portfolios of Industry, General Administration, District Revenue Officers and Minority Welfare hitherto held by him.
The session would be a litmus test for Stalin's legislative skills as it is expected to be stormy with the opposition parties determined to raise Sri Lankan Tamils' plight in the aftermath of defeat of LTTE by the island's army.
Fresh from its success in the Lok Sabha elections, the DMK would be facing the opposition with a renewed vigour.
The AIADMK, PMK and MDMK, who along with Left parties failed to come up to their own electoral expectations, have decided to raise the Sri Lankan Tamils issue in the assembly.