One day after he won a vote of confidence in the state assembly, Nagaland chief minister TR Zeliang on Saturday installed his new cabinet by appointing ten ministers, four of whom were members of the ministry headed by Shurhozelie Liezietsu.
Zeliang, who claimed support of 47 legislators belonging to the Democratic Alliance of Nagaland (DAN) — 43 from NPF and four from BJP — and seven Independents, was sworn in at the Kohima Raj Bhavan by Governor P B Acharya. Zeliang has been asked to prove his majority by July 22
Governor PB Acharya administered oath to Zeliang as the new Chief Minister after Shurhozelie Liezietsu failed to turn up in the special emergent session of the State Assembly to take a floor test.
Nagaland political crisis: Zeliang and his supporters – whose numbers had increased to 47 in a House of 59 – had accused chief minister Liezietsu of nepotism, favouritism and failure to govern the state.
Nagaland crisis: The development comes hours after Nagaland CM Shurhozelie Liezietsu and his supporters failed to turn up for the special emergent session of the state assembly in Kohima on Wednesday morning, with his opponents describing it as an act of conceding defeat.
While the House was called to order at 9:30 am on Wednesday in consonance with governor PB Acharya’s directive issued on Tuesday evening, Chief Minister Liezietsu and eleven legislators of Naga People’s Front (NPF), who are on his side, failed to show up.
“While the Border Roads Organisation is working round the clock to create a new alternative passage, it is unlikely for heavy vehicles to resume plying between Kohima and Imphal,” Kohima deputy commissioner Rajesh Soundararajan told The Indian Express over the telephone.
The northeast region has been under the spell of heavy rains, with the Brahmaputra river overflowing and flooding surreounding areas. Assam, Arunachal Pradesh, Manipur and Nagaland have reported loss of lives, stock, farmland and infrastructure.
A four-page interim order issued by Justice L S Jamir said the matter would come up for hearing again on Monday, thus giving the chief minister more time to draw up his strategy.
BJP leaders called the political crisis an internal “power struggle” in the NPF.
Nagaland: Zeliang has claimed the support of 34 NPF legislators and seven Independents in a House with an effective strength of 59 (Liezietsu is not an MLA yet). He has taken all 41 legislators to a resort near Kaziranga National Park.
“Now, therefore, in exercise of the powers conferred by Section 3 of the Armed Forces (Special Powers) Act, 1958, the central government hereby declares that whole of the said state to be a ‘disturbed area’ for a period of six months with effect from 30th June, 2017 for the purpose of that Act,” Satyendra Garg said
A statement issued by the Nagaland governor’s office said Acharya, while drawing the union home minister’s attention told him that if the construction work was not resumed immediately, the project would be severely affected.
Condoling the death of Khaplang, chief minister Shourhozelie also said that it was tragic especially when the protracted Naga problem was in the verge of being resolved.
If the by-election was conducted after the Presidential Election which is likely to be held in July or August this year and if code of conduct comes into force by the end of December, there will hardly be four working months. So the NPCC claimed the by-election is meaningless.