Guwahati HC Stays Nagaland Assembly Trust Vote Till Monday

Nagaland Chief Minister Shurhozelie Liezietsu. Credit: PTI

Nagaland chief minister Shurhozelie Liezietsu. Credit: PTI

Kohima: The Guwahati high court on Friday (July 14) stayed till Monday (July 17) the Nagaland governor’s directive to state chief minister Shurhozelie Liezietsu to seek a trust vote in the assembly on or before July 15.

The Kohima bench of the high court stayed governor P.B. Acharya’s order on a plea by the chief minister, and slated the matter for further hearing on Monday.

The petition by Liezietsu argued that the governor’s directive was ex facie unconstitutional, illegal, arbitrary and violative of the basic features of the constitution .

It said the process of by-elections, in which petitioner Liezietsu is seeking to be elected, is already under process and, therefore, it was “imperative and incumbent” upon the governor to call upon the petitioner to prove its majority on the floor of the House only pursuant to the by-elections wherein the petitioner is a candidate.

The petitioner stated that the governor virtually sought to strangulate the will of the council of ministers and has used the office of the governor to suit his political aims. Arguing that there was no recommendation from the council of ministers to the governor, he said that the governor on his own volition chose to impose the impugned decision upon the petitioner without any legal foundation and against the constitutional norms.

“The governor, without affording an opportunity to the petitioner for a free and fair election for his candidature, has hastily proceeded to reject the request made by the petitioner herein to pre-empt the already scheduled elections,” the petition stated.

Meanwhile, the council of ministers, led by Liezietsu, called on Acharya, who reportedly told the chief minister to bring about reconciliation among legislators.

The newly-elected chairman of the Democratic Alliance of Nagaland Coordination Committee, Kuzholuzo Nienu, told the governor that the DAN coalition was intact and that the present crisis was only within the Naga People’s Front party.

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