Nagaland People’s Front president Shurhozelie Liezitsu has been sworn-in as the new Chief Minister of Nagaland.
He was administered the oath of office and secrecy by the Governor PB Acharya at a ceremony in Kohima on Wednesday morning.
Liezietsu, who is not a member of the State Assembly will have to get elected within six months from taking office.
Liezietsu had been the member of the Nagaland Legislative Assembly for eight terms but did not contest the 2013 assembly elections. He is also chairman of the ruling DAN.
The ministers inducted today were Kiyanilie Peseyie, Yanthungo Patton, P Longon, C Kipili Sangtam, C L John, Yitachu, Paiwang Konyak, Vikheho Swu, Chotisuh Sazo, Imkong L Imchen and G Kaito Aye.
Out of 11, Imkong L Imchen and G Kaito Aye are the new faces.
Liezitsu was chosen to replace Zeliang at a meeting of the Democratic Alliance of Nagaland (DAN) legislators. Later on Monday, he was invited by Governor PB Acharya on Monday to form the next government.
Zeliang had resigned against the backdrop of widespread protests in the state triggered by his government’s decision to reserve 33 per cent seats for women in urban local bodies.
Outgoing Chief Minister Zeliang, while congratulating Liezietsu on his election as the leader of the DAN Legislature Party, expressed confidence that the state will benefit immensely from his experience and statesmanship.
Nagaland has been rocked by widespread protests since last month after the state government announced 33 per cent reservation for women in the ULBs. The January 31 firing incident, which claimed the lives of two protesters in Dimapur, prompted the demands by powerful tribal organisations for declaring the ongoing polls null and void and suspension of senior officials.
Though the election process was called off and officials shifted, the tribal bodies continued to insist on Zeliang’s resignation and even set February 17 as the deadline for it.
Zeliang said several individuals who had initially supported the move of 33 per cent reservation for women took u-turn and now opposed it.
“What was supposed to be a social movement took strange directions when politically vested interests started spearheading the movement resulting in loss of lives and injuries to some, razing of several government properties and innocent public held to ransom as bandhs and restrictions on movement were imposed,” Zeliang said.
“While our main objective was to safeguardthe interest of women through the reservation of seats for them in the ULBs, the irony is that women were on the streets as bandh volunteers called tribal organisations to topple my government,” he explained.
An indefinite bandh called on January 31, by Joint Coordination Committee and the Nagaland Tribes Action Committee, ended after the resignation of Chief Minister.
The group demanded scrapping of 33 per cent reservation in Urban Local Bodies polls, suspension of policemen involved in the firing that left two persons dead and resignation of the chief minister.
The bandh was called off only after Zeliang’s resignation, even though Zeliang had already declared null and void the entire election process of ULB and transferred policemen in connection with the police firing before resigning on February 19.