Nagaland Political Crisis: Acharya reiterates demand for Floor Test by July 15

Former chief minister Zeliang however said he has not received any official communication about the revoking of the suspension and his demand for forming the government stays. ANI file

Former chief minister Zeliang however said he has not received any official communication about the revoking of the suspension and his demand for forming the government stays. ANI file

The decision was taken during a consultative of meeting the NLP along with the NPF central party leaders held on Thursday at chief minister's residential office. With the odds weighing heavily against him, Nagaland chief minister Shurhozelie Leizeitsu said he is ready to step down if governor PB Acharya asks him to do so when the two are scheduled to meet at Raj Bhawan in Kohima this evening.Leizeitsu, however, remained stuck to ground refusing to go for the floor test asked by the governor on or before July 15. The by-election for the seat, which the chief minister needs to win to retain his position, is scheduled for July 29.

The former chief minister claims that he has the support of 43 MLAs - 36 from the NPF and seven independents. "There is leadership issue and it is internal matter of the party, to be sorted out by party and Governor has no role in it". But as the Liezietsu Cabinet challenged the governor with a terse legal argument, the governor on Thursday said he would go by the Constitution if the chief minister refused to take the floor test. He did not elaborate what course of action he would take if the Chief Minister declines.

Dr. Shürhozelie Liezietsü while talking to ET said, "There is no confidence against me so where is the question of my proving majority I the floor of the house".

Meanwhile, the New Indian Express further reported that "fear of possible horse-trading in the struggle for power" has lead TR Zeliang kept his team closely monitored in Kaziranga, where they are camped.

"Certainly, the working style of the current government is not being liked by the people and legislators in the state". "There are more serious matters to attain to than engaging in self defeating and demeaning newspaper wars, attack and counter attack and calling names in the print media", said the NBCC in a press note. The NPF members, whose suspension orders were revoked included, T. R Zeliang, Y. Patton, C. Kipili Sangtam, G. Kaito Aye, Imkong L. Imchen, Shetoyi, Nuklutoshi, Deo Nukhu, Naiba Konyak, Benjongliba Aier and Neiphiu Rio.

It may be mentioned that the 10 MLAs including Zeliang were suspended on July 8, while Lok Sabha MP and former chief minister, Neiphiu Rio was suspended on May 17, 2016.

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