Nagaland Chief Minister TR Zeliang
In fresh trouble for Nagaland Chief Minister TR Zeliang, 11 of his Naga People’s Front (NPF) legislators – two ministers, four MLAs and five parliamentary secretaries resigned on Thursday demanding change of leadership. However, R Zeliang claimed his government was stable.The 11 NPF legislators in their resignation letters addressed to the Chief Minister said they are quitting from their respective portfolios with immediate effect, as majority of NPF and DAN legislators have elected Kaito Aye as the new leader of NPF Legislature Party.They also asserted that Zeliang no longer enjoyed the support and confidence of the members of the House. The Ministers who resigned include Noke Konyak and Dr Benjongliba, Parliamentary Secretaries are Torechu, Kropol Vitsu, Dr Longriniken, Deo Nukhu, while the MLAs holding charge of various government undertakings are Merentoshi R Jamir, Namri Nchang, Dr Neiphrezo Keditsu, EE Pangteang and Naiba Konyak.The Chief Minister was yet to accept the resignations.Earlier on Thursday, Zeliang asserted that his government was secure with the support of adequate number of legislators from the Naga People’s Front (NPF) and the Democratic Alliance of Nagaland (DAN) partners. Zeliang had yesterday met Governor P B Acharya with NPF president Dr Shurhozelie and explained the status of the government.This was the second time within a span of seven months of his leadership that a situation had been created in the state by some disgruntled NPF elected members, Zeliang said after the meeting and termed it as a “total disregard of the people’s mandate”.The Chief Minister faced an open rebellion on January 5 with dissident NPF legislators claiming they had elected a new leader. Following the move, Zeliang had sacked two ministers and suspended them along with five other MLAs, from primary membership of NPF for “conspiring to overthrow” the NPF-led DAN government in Nagaland.More than 20 of 38 NPF dissident legislators, who are demanding change in state leadership, met at Dimapur on that day to elect Industries and Commerce Ministers G Kaito Aye as the new leader of the NPF Legislature Party and “empowered him to form a new government”.In a swift action, cracking the whip on dissidents, Zeliang then sacked Aye and Kuzholuzo Azo Nienu, the Roads and Bridges Minister. Aye, along with his colleagues, met the Governor last evening and staked claim to form a new “popular” government in Nagaland. He was accompanied by four other NPF MLAs and one BJP MLA who demanded immediate dismissal of the ‘minority’ government headed by Zeliang.
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