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Nagaland Political Crisis: Acharya reiterates demand for Floor Test by July 15

Nagaland Political Crisis: Acharya reiterates demand for Floor Test by July 15

One day after Nagaland chief minister Shurhozelie Liezietsu nearly dismissed a Raj Bhavan directive to prove his majority in the House by July 15 in the wake of former chief minister TR Zeliang's claim that most legislators were behind him, governor PB Acharya has said that the a floor test was a must and had to be done by Saturday. The Governor's directive, asking Liezietsu to seek a trust vote in the assembly on or before July 15, came after former Chief Minister T R Zeliang staked claim to form the government.

"With the by-poll to Northern Angami-I seat already notified and the Model Code of Conduct in force, the cabinet felt that since the chief minister has filed his nomination on July 11, "it would not be legally proper for the cabinet to advise so, and for the governor to summon the assembly during this election period".

The 60-membered Nagaland Assembly does not have a single Opposition MLA.

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The Governor stated that the Chief Minister did not refute the claims of TR Zeliang having the support of 44 MLAs in a house of 59. He contended that it was not whether "this issue" was an internal party matter of NPF, but whether the chief minister enjoyed the support of the majority of the members of the House.

Responding to this Shurhozelie Liezietsu has said that he is ready for the floor test. This was to facilitate true reconciliation and for better understanding within the party for the sake of Naga public, he said.Kikon also affirmed that NPF was intact and said that the party took the decision with the hope that the "agitating friends" would reciprocate positively. Chief Minister Shurhozelie must take the floor test by Saturday.

Meanwhile, the New Indian Express further reported that "fear of possible horse-trading in the struggle for power" has lead TR Zeliang kept his team closely monitored in Kaziranga, where they are camped. "Shurhozelie was just nominated by the DAN legislature party". It appealed to the concerned legislators to "exhibit their political maturity by returning to the reasoning table and tackle the differences in an honourable and amicable manner". It may be mentioned that the 10 MLAs were suspended on July 8, while Lok Sabha MP and former chief minister, Neiphiu Rio was suspended on May 17, 2016.


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