Amid the leadership crisis in the ruling Nagaland People’s Front, Governor P B Acharya has directed Chief Minister Shurhozelie Liezietsu to seek a vote of confidence in the assembly on or before July 15.
Zeliang had on Sunday written to Acharya for inviting him to form a new NPF-led DAN government and mentioned that he enjoys the support of 41 of the 59 MLAs in the assembly.
Meanwhile, Liezietsu filed his nomination for contesting the July 29 by-election to the Northern Angami-I Assembly constituency vacated by his son.
If he wins, he would become a full-fledged member of the assembly.
Zeliang had to step down as the chief minister on February 22 following state-wide protests against holding of polls to urban local bodies with 33 per cent reservation for women.
In the present assembly, the NPF has 47 members, the BJP four and Independents eight.