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Zeliang Appointed Nagaland CM, to be Sworn in Today

TR Zeliang, who belongs to the Naga People’s Front (NPF), will be sworn in at 3 pm. He has to prove his majority on the floor of the House on or before July 22.

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Updated:July 19, 2017, 1:58 PM IST
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Zeliang Appointed Nagaland CM, to be Sworn in Today
File image of TR Zeliang. (Photo by Caisii Mao via Getty Images)
New Delhi: TR Zeliang was on Wednesday appointed as the Chief Minister of Nagaland by Governor PB Acharya.

Zeliang, who belongs to the Naga People’s Front (NPF), will be sworn in at 3 pm. He has to prove his majority on the floor of the House on or before July 22.

This came after current Chief Minister Shurhozelie Liezietsu failed to turn up to face a floor test at a special session of the State Assembly. The House was adjourned sine die.

Liezietsu is facing rebellion by 43 ruling NPF MLAs led by Zeliang demanding change of leadership in the present house of 59, to seek vote of confidence on or before July 15.

Zeliang, who was forced out of office in February following large scale protests over holding of urban local bodies election with 33 percent reservation for women, had staked claim to form the government saying he had majority support in the House.

Earlier in the day, four BJP legislators and Nagaland BJP president Visasolie Lhoungu called on the governor and submitted a letter supporting TR Zeliang. BJP is a pre-poll alliance partner of the Naga People's Front and a constituent of the Democratic Alliance of Nagaland (DAN) government in the state.

The legislators in their letter to the governor said, "BJP has been a constituent of the DAN and continues to remain a part of the arrangement till date."

However, they said that in the present political crisis in the state government, the BJP has decided to be with the DAN group-led by Zeliang.

The four BJP legislators are Minister for Transport and Civil Aviation, Paiwang Konyak, Advisor for Treasury and Accounts, Labour and Employment T M Lotha, Advisor for Cooperation Imtilemba Sangtam and MLA and Chief Whip of BJP Mmhonlumo Kikon.

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