Nagaland CM reportedly recommends dissolving present Assembly

Nagaland State Chief Minister Dr Shurhozelie Liezietsu addressing an NPF election campaign rally in Manipur on March 2

Nagaland State Chief Minister Dr Shurhozelie Liezietsu addressing an NPF election campaign rally in Manipur on March 2

Governor Acharya issued this directive following the claim submitted by former chief minister Zeliang to form a new government by stating that he commanded support of 41 MLAs in the 60-member House that presently has an effective strength of 59, a press release issued from the Kohima Raj Bhavan said. "He (Liezietsu) is appointing his son (Khriehu) as his advisor, granting him the status of a cabinet minister without consulting the legislators". Meanwhile, Liezietsu claimed there was no split in the NPF.

Apart from sacking the legislators, the NPF Disciplinary Action Committee which met on Saturday also suspended ten legislators as primary and active members of the party.

A source in the Liezietsu camp claimed that the chief minister had invited Zeliang to take charge of the government but that he reportedly did not agree to it.

"We don't care about (suspension from the party) it because those people who have signed the suspension order do not have the grassroots support", he said but refused to divulge more details. The rebel MLAs are camping at a resort in Assam's Kaziranga demanding a change in NPF leadership.On Tuesday, Shurhozelie filed his nomination for the July 29 bypoll to Northern Angami-I constituency. "When it comes to leadership in the party, it has to be decided in the party forum, and the issue can not be taken to the Governor's office, or in the Assembly", said Yitachu, who is also the government spokesman.

The chief minister said that he was deeply pained by the recent disturbing developments affecting the normal functioning of the government.

At an NPF meeting held on July four at Zeiling's residence at Dimapur, 34 NPF MLAs (including him) out of 47, supported him to continue as the leader of the legislature party and also authorized him to stake claim before the Governor to form a new NPF- led DAN Government in Nagaland, the letter claimed.

Zeliang, who had taken over as chief minister quite unexpectedly after Neiphiu Rio was elected to the Lok Sabha in 2014, was compelled to resign in February this year following a major unrest that had gripped the state opposing 33 per cent reservation for women in the state's municipal bodies.

"Yes, I have replied to the Governor that the present crisis is an internal matter of the party and this has to be resolved within the party and not on the floor of the House", Leitzeitsu told TOI.

Significantly, out of the remaining MLAs only 14 belong to the ruling NPF while four of them are from the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) - an ally to the ruling NPF - and have maintained strict neutrality during the present crisis.

Interestingly, Zeliang has even warmed up to his once bitter rival Neiphiu Rio, a three-time Nagaland chief minister.

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