Making a comment on the ongoing political crisis in Nagaland, the state’s governor PB Acharya asserted that the one who has got the majority of votes should be the Chief Minister of the state.
“Political stability in the state is needed at this point of time in Nagaland. Whoever has got the majority of votes should just prove it. At present TR Zeliang has got the majority of the support of the Democratic Alliance of Nagaland (DAN) members and he has claimed his leadership. I am acting as per the Constitution of India,” Acharya said.
Saying that political stability is a must for a state to provide proper governance, Acharya said that incumbent Chief Minister Shurhozelie Liezietsu is not the leader of the house, as he is not elected, while Zeliang is a leader as well as the chairman of the DAN, adding Shurhozelie, anyhow, had to go on polling in next six months.
“I have nothing to do with the appointment of the Chief Minister. I am acting as per the letter of the Zeliang which had the signature of 35 or 36 leaders of Naga People’s Front (NPF). He claimed that he has the majority of votes,” he said.
Acharya’s comment came after Chief Minister Shurhozelie Liezietsu rejected his directive to seek trust vote. Liezietsu said that the government is going strong and there is no point to go on floor test.
“Politics is a numbers’ game, I know that I have less numbers, but I am holding the fort. If no confidence motion is tabled against me, there is no point going to the floor. This is my strength and I will continue with this. I have all the party with me and the government is going strong,” Liezietsu said.
Earlier, Kohima bench of the Guwahati High Court stayed the Nagaland Governor’s directive to the chief minister to seek a trust vote in the Assembly on or before July 15.
The petition by Liezietsu argued that the governor’s directive was ex facie unconstitutional, illegal, arbitrary and violative of the basic features of the Constitutional
Governor Acharya had stated that he was convinced that Zeliang enjoys majority support. A press release issued by the Raj Bhavan also stated that Liezietsu did not disprove Zeliang’s claim that he enjoyed the support of 44 MLAs in a House with a total strength of 59.