Na­ga­land CM Re­signs Amid Reser­va­tion Row

NPF leg­is­la­ture party will meet to choose new leader to­day

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Guwa­hati: Bow­ing down to sus­tained ag­i­ta­tion by tribal bod­ies, Na­ga­land Chief Min­is­ter T R Zeliang has fi­nally an­nounced his res­ig­na­tion. A se­nior of­fi­cial in Ra­jb­ha­van Ko­hima told ET, “Zeliang has met Gover­nor P Acharya and put down his pa­pers.”

Zeliang while brief­ing the MLAs on Sun­day after his re­turn from he na­tional cap­i­tal said he had learned in the course of his in­ter­ac­tions with var­i­ous cen­tral lead­ers that there were var­i­ous re­ports sub­mit­ted to the Gov­ern­ment of In­dia ask­ing for im­po­si­tion of Pres­i­dent’s Rule in Na­ga­land.

“Be­sides nor­mal and reg­u­lar re­ports passed on to the cen­tral gov­ern­ment from the Gover­nor, the In­tel­li­gence Bureau, the As­sam Ri­fles and the CRPF, there were re­ports sub­mit­ted by the NPCC (Na­ga­land Pradesh congress com­mit­tee) and a learned re­tired Supreme Court Judge rec­om­mended im­me­di­ate im­po­si­tion of cen­tral rule by the Pres­i­dent of In­dia ow­ing to what they said was a break­down in the gov­ern­ment ma­chin­ery. But I pointed out that Naga peo­ple can­not af­ford to have PR when the po­lit­i­cal talks are go­ing ahead to solve the Naga po­lit­i­cal is­sue,” he said. “But now, I can con­fi­dently as­sure you that there is lit­tle chance of PR be­ing im-

The tribal bod­ies op­posed 33% reser­va­tion for women in ULBs stat­ing that move vi­o­lates spe­cial rights guar­an­teed by Ar­ti­cle 371(A) of the Con­sti­tu­tion

2 peo­ple were killed and sev­eral oth­ers in­jured due to clashes be­tween po­lice and pro­tes­tors in Dima­pur and Lon­gleng

On Jan­uary 31,

vi­o­lence broke out in Mokokchung dis­trict posed in Na­ga­land.”

He elab­o­rated, “To ar­rive at a con­sen­sus de­ci­sion re­quires time, and so I have ac­cord­ingly asked for a short pe­riod of time to be given,” he said.

“Cen­tral lead­ers and some groups I met in Delhi told me they have re­ceived sug­ges­tions that Lok Sabha MP Neiphiu Rio should come back to the state and take over the helms of af­fairs, but I made it clear to them that can­not de­cide by my­self in Delhi and that I have to con­sult the NPF leg­is­la­tors and the al­liance part­ners. How­ever, I have told them that I shall take the sug­ges­tion back to Na­ga­land and ur­ban polls as null and void

Ac­tion Com­mit­tee de­manded CM Zeliang’s res­ig­na­tion Zeliang wrote to NTAC con­vener KT Vilie seek­ing two to three days to take a col­lec­tive call

let the leg­is­la­tors and the party de­cide,”he said.

Ear­lier on Sun­day, Zeliang’s state­ment said, “To se­lect a new leader to suc­ceed me, I hereby call for an emer­gency meet­ing of Naga Peo­ple's Front (NPF) leg­is­la­ture party on Mon­day. This will be fol­lowed by meet­ing of Demo­cratic Al­liance of Na­ga­land (DAN) leg­is­la­ture party.” He added that the meet­ing will se­lect a leader to en­sure smooth tran­si­tion of of­fice and to pro­vide best gov­er­nance to the peo­ple of Na­ga­land.

With the scene of po­lit­i­cal drama in Na­ga­land chang­ing fast, a ma­jor­ity of MLAs of the ruling DAN, who were camp­ing in a re­sort in As­sam on Sun­day moved to Na­ga­land.

In a meet­ing, they de­cided to elect NPF lpres­i­dent Shürhozelie Liezi­etsu as their leader. On Satur­day, around 49 MLAs had switched loy­alty in favour of Lok Sabha MP and three-time for­mer chief min­is­ter Neiphiu Rio to suc­ceed Zeliang .

Around 49 MLAs had switched loy­alty in favour of for­mer CM Neiphiu Rio

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