Published On: Wed, Jul 19th, 2017

Shurhozelie sacked, TR Zeliang to be sworn in as Nagaland chief minister

Kohima: Nagaland governor PB Acharya dismissed chief minister Shurhozelie Liezietsu after he did not turn up at the special session of the legislative assembly for the floor test on WEdnesday morning and appointed his challenger TR Zeliang as the new chief minister of the state.

Zeliang will be sworn-in at 3 pm today itself

According to sources, Zeliang will be sworn-in at 3 pm today itself and he has been asked to prove his majority on the floor of the House on or before July 22.

A Raj Bhawan notification said, “It is clear that Dr Shurhozelie has failed to obtain vote of confidence despite repeated opportunities given for the same. By virtue of the powers vested in me by clause (I) of Article 164 of the Constitution of India, I, PB Acharya, governor of Nagaland, hereby withdraw my pleasure from chief minister of Nagaland and the Ministry headed by Dr. Shurhozelie Liezietsu is hereby dismissed with immediate effect.”

Earlier, Nagaland Chief Minister Shurhozelie Liezietsu failed to turn up for the floor test in the Assembly, even as 47 legislators supporting the return of TR Zeliang as Chief Minister were present in the House.

Speaker Imtiwapang Aier, who adjourned the House sine die, said the motion to prove the majority of the Chief Minister could not be taken up as he was not present.

“I have already submitted a report to the Governor on the development in the House,” Aier said.

“No time (for the floor test) was given to us. How can we attend the Assembly session when most of us are not even in Kohima, and that too the Assembly session was summoned at midnight (Tuesday night),” ruling Naga People’s Front government spokesperson Yitachu asked.

“We don’t understand the urgency of summoning the Assembly session since the ongoing political development is an internal matter within the NPF party and the matter should be resolved outside the floor of the House,” Yitachu told IANS over phone.

On Tuesday night, Governor PB Acharya had summoned a special session on Wednesday for the floor test after the Kohima bench of the Gauhati High Court dismissed Liezietsu’s writ petition challenging the Governor’s directive to prove his majority in the Assembly.

In his verdict, Justice Lanusungkum Jamir noted that “Liezietsu does not enjoy the support of the majority of the House and therefore it is open to the Governor to act on his own, without any aid and advice”.

Liezietsu, who is a non-elected member in the 60-member House, has the support of 10 members of the ruling Naga People’s Front legislators and one Independent member.

 

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