Nagaland Chief Minister TR Zeliang resigns, Neiphiu Rio likely to be new CM
Zeliang�s decision comes after 42 of 49 MLAs of his party, the Naga People�s Front (NPF), deserted him to support to the party chief Shurhozelie Liezietsu as the next CM.
Amid the political crisis in Nagaland, Chief Minister TR Zeliang has resigned on Sunday, saying the decision was taken to break the deadlock between the state government and protesting groups.
"I have decided to step down from office and to select a new consensus leader to succeed me, I hereby call for an emergency meeting of the NPF legislature party meeting at 10 AM tomorrow," Zeliang said in a statement.
Zeliang’s decision comes after 42 of 49 MLAs of his party, the Naga People’s Front (NPF), deserted him to support to the party chief Shurhozelie Liezietsu as the next CM. However, MLAs later switched sides and supported state’s lone Lok Sabha member Neiphiu Rio to be the next CM.
The crisis in Nagaland started after the tribal organisations opposed the government’s decision to go ahead with urban local body elections with 33 per cent reservation of seats reserved for women. The tribal bodies are arguing that quota will infringe upon Article 371(A) which commits to protect Naga customary laws and rights.
Protesters, who earlier demanded his resignation, had set Friday as the deadline for Zeliang to step down.