Liezietsu Govt dismissed in Nagaland; Zeliang made CM

RSTV Bureau
File Photo of newly appointed Nagaland Chief Minister TR Zeliang.

File Photo of newly appointed Nagaland Chief Minister TR Zeliang.

Nagaland Governor PB Acharya appointed TR Zeliang as the new Chief Minister of the state on Wednesday afternoon. Zeliang will have to prove his majority on the floor of the House on or before July 22. Zeliang was chosen to be CM after his rival Shurhozelie Liezietsu failed to turn up for the floor test on Wednesday morning.

Earlier in the day, Nagaland Assembly was adjourned sine die after CM Liezietsu failed to turn up for the floor test at a special session.

The motion to prove the majority of the chief minister could not be taken up as he was not present and the House was adjourned sine die, Speaker Imtiwapang said.

Liezietsu, who is facing a rebellion from MLAs of his party Nagaland Peoples Front (NPF) was to prove his majority on the floor of the House.

Liezietsu is facing a rebellion by 43 ruling NPF MLAs led by former CM TR Zeliang. Zeliang has been demanding a change of leadership in the present House of 59.

Zeliang was forced out of office in February following large-scale protests over holding of urban local bodies election with 33 per cent reservation for women. He had staked claim to form the government saying he had majority support in the House.

Four BJP legislators and Nagaland BJP president Visasolie Lhoungu submitted a letter to the Governor, supporting Zeliang.

File photo of Shurhozelie Liezietsu with Prime Minister Narendra Modi in New Delhi.

File photo of Shurhozelie Liezietsu with Prime Minister Narendra Modi in New Delhi.

Nagaland Governor PB Acharya had directed the Speaker to summon an emergent special session of the assembly at 9.30 am for the chief minister, to seek confidence vote.

Acharya asked the Speaker to convene the special session after the Kohima bench of the Gauhati High Court dismissed Liezietsu’s plea to stay the Governor’s directive of a trust vote by July 15.

Liezietsu had filed the petition on July 14 and the court had issued an interim order staying the Governor’s directive till July 17.

BJP is a pre-poll alliance partner of the NPF and a constituent of the Democratic Alliance of Nagaland (DAN) government in the state.

(With inputs from PTI)