Political Crisis In Nagaland As Former CM Stakes Claim To Form Govt
The internal crisis within the ruling Naga People’s Front (NPF) government in Nagaland has further deepened with Chief Minister Dr Shurhozelie Liezietsu sacking 10 of his parliamentary secretaries following a demand for his removal, an official said last fortnight. The development comes as former Chief Minister TR Zeliang wrote to Governor PB Acharya and staked claim to form a new government. He claimed he has the support of 33 NPF legislators and seven independent legislators.
In the wake of the demand for his removal, Dr Liezietsu, who is also the NPF chief, terminated four NPF legislators and six independent legislators, as parliamentary secretaries. The Nagaland government issued notifications terminating the appointment of Zeliang as Adviser (Finance) and Nuklotoshi as Adviser to the Chief Minister. Apart from sacking the legislators, the NPF Disciplinary Action Committee which met on Saturday also suspended 10 legislators as primary and active members of the party.