TR Zeliang is new Nagaland chief minister after former CM Shurhozelie Liezietsu skips floor test

TR Zeliang was appointed the new chief minister of Nagaland by Governor PB Acharya after Chief Minister Shurhozelie Liezietsu and his supporters failed to turn up in the Assembly for the floor test on Wednesday. Following this, the House was adjourned sine die.

Zeliang will be sworn in as the chief minister at 3 pm on Wednesday, Raj Bhavan sources said.

Nagaland governor has asked Zeliang to prove his majority on the floor of the House on or before 22 July.

File image of the letter issued to TR Zeliang by Governor PB Acharya.

File image of the letter issued to TR Zeliang by Governor PB Acharya.

On Tuesday, Acharya had directed Speaker Imtiwapang to summon an emergent special session of the Assembly at 9.30 am for the chief minister, who is facing a rebellion from MLAs of his party Nagaland Peoples Front (NPF), to seek confidence vote.

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 told IANS.


Zeliang, leader of the rebel NPF MLAs, was present in the House along with his followers. The motion to prove the majority of the chief minister could not be taken up as he was not present and the House was adjourned sine die, Speaker Imtiwapang said.

The speaker said, he will report the proceedings of the House to the governor.

Efforts to contact legislators of the Liezietsu camp turned futile as they did not take calls.

Zeliang, who was forced out of office in February following large-scale protests over holding of urban local bodies election with 33 percent reservation for women, had staked claim to form the government saying he had majority support in the House.

With inputs from agencies


Published Date: Jul 19, 2017 01:44 pm | Updated Date: Jul 19, 2017 02:18 pm