Kohima, February 22: Today the Nagaland People’s Front Chief Shurhozelie Liezietsu was sworn in as the new Chief Minister of the Nagaland. Shurhozelie Liezietsu was elected as the new Chief Minister by Democratic Alliance of Nagaland DAN after former CM T R Zeliang resigned from the post.Governor PB Acharya administered him with oath of office and secrecy at a ceremony after he was sworn in as a Chief Minister in Kohima. Liezitsu was invited by the Governor to form a new government on Monday after he was unanimous elected for the post.
The 81-year old Liezeitsu took over the post of former 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 was against the local culture and tradition for women to participate in politics. Hence former Chief Minister T R Zeliang resigned from the post on Sunday due to the pressure from tribal organisations for deciding to hold civic body polls with 33% quota for women.
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. Liezietsu is expected to meet Governor PB Acharya soon for the formality. In a press release, the Nagaland Tribes Action Committee NTAC said that the decision to withdraw the bandh, which had paralysed the normal life in the state for more than 20 days, was taken down after the resignation of Zeliang was accepted by the Governor.
On Thursday Shurhozelie accepted the offer of the legislators to head the NPF-led Democratic Alliance of Nagaland (DAN) government and restore normalcy 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, Minister for Parliamentary Affair, Kiyaneilie Peseyie said in a press conference.