Kohima, February 17: With unanimous support ruling Naga People’s Front (NPF) chief Shurhozelie Liezietsu is slated to become the new Chief Minister of Nagaland. Liezietsu has been appointed as the legislature party’s leader. This came after Nagaland Chief Minister, TR Zeliang on Thursday appealed to Nagaland Tribes Action Committee NTAC to give him two-three more days to step down to ensure smooth transition of power.
The move is aimed at resolving the deadlock between the government and the various agitating groups that have been demanding the resignation of current Chief Minister T R Zeliang. The agitating tribal bodies gave a deadline to Chief Minister TR Zeliang to step down following the government's decision to hold local bodies’ elections with 33% reservation for women and the death of two persons in clashes between the police and protestors. According to protestors, it is against the local culture and tradition for women to participate in politics.
“I am seized of the matter regarding the demands for my stepping down as Chief Minister. You will appreciate that all decisions taken so far have been collectively and likewise all future decision will also have to be taken collectively,” Zeliang said. Mr Zeliang is expected to take up the matter with Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh.
On Thursday evening during a press conference Minister for Parliamentary Affair, Kiyaneilie Peseyie said that "Shurhozelie has accepted the offer of the legislators to head the NPF-led Democratic Alliance of Nagaland (DAN) government and restore normalcy, preventing the imposition of President's rule in the state. We are sure that there will be smooth transition of power as the Chief Minister himself wants to ensure peace in the state after weeks of agitation.”
The move to appoint Liezietsu as the new Chief Minister of Nagaland will help restore normalcy in the State and avoid the possibility of President’s rule in the State. Soon after Liezietsu was appointed as the Legislature party’s leader, Governor P.B. Acharya and Zeliang left for Delhi to discuss the emerging possibilities in the State with Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh.
Earlier the NTAC leader warned "If Zeliang does not step down; we have no other option but to further intensify our agitation in the form of an indefinite total shutdown which will affect all educational institutions, markets and functioning of banks." They gave a deadline of 17th February to the CM TR Zeliang to step down from the post of Chief Minister.