Published On: Sun, Jul 9th, 2017

Political crisis deepens in Nagaland, CM sacks 10 parliamentary secretaries

Kohima: The internal crisis within the ruling Naga People’s Front (NPF) government in Nagaland has further deepened with Chief Minister Shurhozelie Liezietsu sacking 10 of his parliamentary secretaries following a demand for his removal, an official said on Sunday.

Governor Acharya is in Maharashtra and he is expected to return to Nagaland in a few days

The development comes as former Chief Minister TR Zeliang on Saturday wrote to Governor PB Acharya and staked claim to form a new government. He claimed he has the support of 33 NPF legislators and seven Independent legislators.

In the wake of the demand for his removal, Liezietsu, who is also the NPF supremo, terminated four NPF legislators and six Independent legislators, as parliamentary secretaries.

The Nagaland government issued notifications terminating the appointment of Zeliang as Advisor (Finance) and Nuklotoshi as Advisor to Chief Minister.

Apart from sacking the legislators, the NPF Disciplinary Action Committee which met on Saturday also suspended ten legislators as primary and active members of the party.

Those suspended include Home Minister Yanthungo Patton, Power Minister Kipili Sangtam, National Highway and Political Affairs Minister G. Kaito Aye, Forest and Environment Minister Imkong L. Imchen, besides, Shetoyi, Nuklutoshi, Deo Nukhu, Naiba Konyak, Benjongliba and former Chief Minister Zeliang.

Zeliang along with 41 legislators are camping at Borgos resort in Kaziranga National Park in Assam to discuss the transition of power.

“All 41 of us are intact and we are waiting only for Governor Acharya to invite Zeliang to form the government,” Forest and Environment Minister Imkong L. Imchen told IANS.

“We don’t care about (suspension from the party) it because those people who have signed the suspension order do not have the grassroots support,” Imchen said, while refusing to divulge further.

Governor Acharya is in Maharashtra and he is expected to return to Nagaland in a few days.

The fresh political instability has come at a time when Liezietsu is gearing up for the July 29 by-election from the Northern Angami-I assembly constituency.

Liezietsu has however voiced confidence that the crisis within the NPF would be resolved at the earliest.

Liezietsu was sworn in as Chief Minister on February 22 this year after Zeliang resigned following violent protest by tribal groups who were opposed to his move to hold civic polls with 33 per cent reservation for women.

The Chief Minister said that he was deeply pained by the recent disturbing developments affecting the normal functioning of the government.

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