Nagaland CM Resigns Amid Reservation Row
NPF legislature party will meet to choose new leader today
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