Nagaland political crisis: Liezietsu's NPF accuses Governor Acharya of favouring Zeliang

The Naga People’s Front (NPF) on Wednesday accused Nagaland Governor PB Acharya of playing a partisan role in appointing TR Zeliang as the chief minister of the state.

 Nagaland political crisis: Liezietsus NPF accuses Governor Acharya of favouring Zeliang

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In an official statement on Wednesday, NPF alleged that Acharya, who was a "decorated RSS pracharak", acted with haste in favouring the RSS-friendly dispensation of Zeliang.

Zeliang had replaced NPF president Shurhozelie Liezietsu, who was sacked by Governor Acharya after he failed to turn up in the Assembly to face the floor test on Wednesday.

In retaliation, NPF expelled Zeliang from the party as he was taking oath as the chief minister on Wednesday.

In the expulsion order signed by the party’s working president duo Huskha Yepthomi and Apong Pongener it is stated, "Shri TR Zeliang, MLA is expelled from the party with effect from 19th July 2017, for a period of six years."

The expulsion order, stating the reasons for his expulsion alleged, "He tried to destabilise and instigate the leadership of NPF-led DAN government, demanding the resignation of the party chief minister and its party president."

An unfazed Zeliang, however, later said that he would continue to remain the NPF leader in the House.

"The expulsion from the party does not affect the membership inside the House," he said to AFP, adding that he would prove his majority in the House on 21 July.

Zeliang had spearheaded the rebellion against Liezietsu on 8 July and staked claim to form a new NPF government with the support of majority MLAs.

The governor had asked Liezietsu to prove his majority in the House by 15 July but the latter filed a writ petition in the Gauhati High Court, which was dismissed on Tuesday.

Subsequently, the governor summoned the special session of the House on Wednesday.

NPF in its statement said that the BJP seemed to be buoyed by the Assam and Manipur victories and planned to repeat "another Arunachal experiment in Nagaland".

The statement further said that the Nagaland governor owed an explanation to the people and his conscience about what "extenuating circumstances prompted him to support legislators sans party set up this time round when he did exactly the opposite in 2015".

"Or has he forgotten that in 2015 he did not entertain the NPF dissidents' plea to dismiss the then so-called 'minority' government of TR Zeliang who then had the sanction and mandate of the party set up?" it asked.

It claimed the day after the NPF severed ties with the BJP, the governor dismissed the NPF-led government.

In February, Zeliang was forced to step down by mass violent protests by tribal groups against his government's decision to hold urban body polls with 33 percent seats reserved for women. The ruling NPF's Front then turned to party president Liezietsu and pulled him out of retirement to head the government, reported the Times Of India.

Zeliang turned the tables on Shurhozelie on 4 July when he and 33 MLAs in a meeting in his residence at Kohima declared the meeting as the NPF legislature party meeting. Zeliang was made the leader of the legislature party. The meeting then authorised him to stake claim before the governor to form a new NPF-led Democratic Alliance of Nagaland government, in which BJP is a partner. Zeliang also had support of seven of the eight Independents, the daily said.

With inputs from PTI

Updated Date: Jul 20, 2017 17:10:53 IST

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