PETALING JAYA: Datuk Seri Mukhriz Mahathir may be sacked as Kedah Mentri Besar by Monday evening, according to highly-placed sources.
The Kedah Regency Council reportedly met him shortly after midday to ask him to resign.
However, the defiant mentri besar refused to sign the resignation letter that had been prepared by state officials.
It is learnt that this is the second time he has refused to step down. The first instance was on Friday.
The regency council is, at this moment, meeting Barisan Nasional assemblymen individually to assess where they stand on the issue.
If it is satisfied that at least 19 assemblymen are not with Mukhriz, then a termination notice is likely to be issued to remove him from office.
A simple majority of 19 assemblymen is required in the 36-seat state legislative assembly as a declaration that Mukhriz no longer has the support of the state assembly.
In a related development, Mukhriz's supporters have planted dozens of banners around the stadium area criticising those out to unseat him, and accusing them of disrespecting the Kedah Sultan.
The banners are believed to have been placed to set the mood ahead of a football match scheduled for Monday night.
Kedah sources said they expect Mukhriz to make a political speech at the stadium to rally support for his dilemma.
The Kedah political crisis erupted after 14 state Umno division chiefs and the heads of the party's three wings launched a mutiny against Mukhriz, saying they had lost confidence in his leadership.