Civil society groups give Nagaland CM TR Zeliang three days to step down
The chief minister also faces heat within his government as tribal bodies have demanded MLAs from their communities to withdraw support to him.
A resolution adopted by the Nagaland Tribes Action Committee (NTAC) says, "Zeliang should step down on moral grounds within the period of three days with effect from 8 February, 2017." Amidst protests demanding the resignation of Nagaland Chief Minister TR Zeliang, the state secretariat remains closed since last Saturday.
The Asian Age report said, "With the police deciding to avoid any confrontation with protesters, the state secretariat in Kohima remained locked even on Monday. The Angami Youth Organisation (AYO) has locked the state secretariat since Saturday. Neither the chief minister nor his council of ministers could come out of their homes as the protesters laid siege and kept a close watch on their movements."
Another report of Nagaland Post informed that even Governor Padmanabha Acharya’s offer to make peace between the tribal groups and the chief minister has also failed. "In a letter addressed to the governor, NTAC convenor KT Vilie and JCC convenor Supu Jamir have stated that since he (governor) was aware that their demand was non-negotiable, the only solution to the ongoing crisis is when Zeliang steps down from the office of the chief minister," it said.
Notably, the chief minister also faces heat within his government as tribal bodies have demanded MLAs from their communities to withdraw support to him.
With the amount of control civil society groups have over the socio-political issues in Nagaland, the clarion calls by various tribal groups to MLAs to withdraw support to Zeliang has created panic within the Naga Peoples Front (NPF) legislators.
Reports have claimed that the NPF said that although the chief minister continues to enjoy the support of 42 NPF MLAs, it is unlikely to sustain if he fails to bring the tribal bodies on board.
While the protests continue to hamper daily life, the ruling party is considering alternative chief ministerial candidates. According to The Asian Age, NPF chief Shürhozelie is said to be backing former minister Azo Neinu, while Home Minister Y Patton is believed to be floating the name of Public Health Engineering Department Minister Tekheho Yepthomi to take charge.