Shurhozelie Liezietsu elected as next Nagaland Chief Minister

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.

Shurhozelie Liezietsu elected as next Nagaland Chief Minister

Ending uncertainties in Nagaland politics, the ruling Democratic Alliance of Nagaland (DAN) on Monday elected Naga People`s Front leader Shurhozelie Liezietsu as the new legislature party leader.

Earlier, TR Zeliang has stepped down as the state Chief Minister 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. Protesters, who earlier demanded his resignation, had set Friday as the deadline for Zeliang to step down.


"Shurhozelie has been unanimously elected the new legislature party leader of the NPF and also of the government," Nagaland's lone Rajya Sabha member KG Kenye was quoted by IANS as saying.

"If the Governor (PB Acharya) is not leaving Kohima for Arunachal Pradesh, we expect Shurhozelie to be sworn in this evening," Kenye added.

Meanwhile, report said Liezitsu will be sworn as the 11th Chief Minister of Nagaland on February 22.



Liezietsu, who has been elected to the Nagaland assembly eight times, will have to seek re-election within six months of taking charge as he did not contest the 2013 election.

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.

However, reports earlier said MLAs later switched sides and supported state’s lone Lok Sabha member Neiphiu Rio to be the next CM. Witnessing a political drama in the state, more than 40 legislators of Naga People’s Front (NPF) were moved to a resort in Kaziranga National Park in the neighbouring state of Assam.