Nagaland governor dismisses Liezietsu govt, Zeliang to form new govt

According to the information given by a Raj Bhavan official, Nagaland governor P.B. Acharya dismissed the five-month-old government of Shürhozelie Liezietsu after his government failed to prove their majority in the Assembly.

While talking to the media, the official went on to say that the Governor has invited veteran Naga People’s Front (NPF) legislator T.R. Zeliang to form a new government.

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Zeliang, who will take oath as Chief Minister at Raj Bhavan, has been told to prove his majority on the floor of the House on or before July 22.

This is the second time the 65-year-old Zeliang will be the Chief Minister after he resigned following violent protest by tribal groups opposed to his move to hold civic polls with 33 per cent seats reserved for women.

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Liezietsu, 80, was made to come out of retirement from electoral politics to take over as Chief Minister following Zeliang’s resignation.
Acharya dismissed the government under Clause (I) of Article 164 of the Constitution after receiving a letter from Assembly Speaker Imtiwapang Aier on Liezietsu’s failure to prove his majority on the floor of the Assembly.

“According to a report from the Speaker, Liezietsu did not attend the Assembly session convened today at 9.30 a.m. for the purpose of testing majority of the cabinet led by (him),” Acharya said in his order dismissing the Liezietsu government.

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