Political crisis deepens, Nagaland Guv firm about floor test by July 15

Political crisis deepens, Nagaland Guv firm about floor test by July 15


New Delhi: The political crisis in northeastern state of Nagaland has deepened further with the Chief Minister Shurhozelie Liezietsu and the state Governor P B Acharya heading for a likely confrontation. For the second time in the last three days, the Governor directed the Chief Minister to prove majority on the floor of the assembly as demanded by the constitutional norms. According to sources here, in a late evening statement, the Governor yesterday stated that "it prima facie appeared that the Chief Minister had lost the support of the majority of the Members of the House". Therefore, an emergency session of the state assembly should be summoned by Saturday (July 15) to prove his majority. The letter assumes significance as the Chief Minister on July 11, had rejected an earlier Governor's directive to hold the floor test citing by-election to the Angami-I assembly seat that's due on June 29. On July 11, the Governor had directed Shurhozelie to prove his majority by July 15. The Governor Mr Acharya, who has already kept New Delhi informed about the development, has said that Chief Minister's refusal for trial of strength was not justified. Indications are on that either Chief Minister recommends summoning of a state assembly session or he has to step aside. The Governor of course holds the power to dismiss a Chief Minister and either invite the rebel camp leader T R Zeliang to form alternative government or recommend President's Rule - which seems unlikely. A former Chief Minister, Mr Zeliang has reportedly established good working relations with the central BJP leaders too. Moreover, BJP sources in New Delhi said the central leadership is keen to resolve the political crisis in Nagaland well before voting for Presidential elections on July 17, Monday. The dissidents are claiming the support of 41 MLAs in the 60-member House. NPF is an ally of the BJP both in the state and also in Parliament. They are also claiming the support of three BJP MLAs. The incumbent Chief Minister Shurhozelie Liezietsu, who was sworn in as Chief Minister on February 22, is not a member of the assembly. This is the fourth major political crisis to hit the NPF ministry in the state since 2015. Meanwhile, Tokheho Yepthomi, a spokesman of the rebel group, has said the Chief Minister Shurhozelie is shying away from trial of strength as he does not have the numbers.

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