A lingering question is whether the governor was correct to invoke the power of the assembly to settle a dispute within a party even when there was no question of a constitutional crisis.
He secured 47 out of the 59 votes in the House which included 36 votes of the Naga People’s Front (NPF), four of the BJP and seven from the Independents.
The NPF said Acharya owes people an explanation about what “extenuating circumstances prompted him to support a legislators-sans-party set-up.”
State governor P.B. Acharya has appointed Zeliang as the chief minister and asked him to prove his majority on the floor of the House on or before July 22.
An emergent special session of the assembly was scheduled at 9:30 am today for the chief minister, who is facing a rebellion from MLAs of his party Nagaland Peoples Front (NPF), to seek confidence vote.
Titled ‘The Kaziranga Song’, the parody video’s humorous take on the continuing turmoil in Nagaland has fast become popular with a frustrated population.
This ‘rebellion’ from within his party comes at a time when current chief minister Shurhozelie Liezietsu is on the verge of contesting in a by-election to the state assembly.
T.R. Zeliang’s son is the managing director of the firm to which funds were allocated under the Chief Minister’s Road Development Fund.
Liezietsu succeeds T.R. Zeliang who stepped down on Sunday amidst protests by various tribal organisations against the state government’s decision to reserve 33% seats for women in urban local body elections.
The bandh was called on January 31 to demand scrapping of 33% reservation for women in urban local body polls, suspension of policemen involved in the firing that left two persons dead and the resignation of the chief minister.
The state has been rocked by protests after the government announced that there would be 33% reservations for women in urban local bodies.
Sources say the chief minister has been in talks with the BJP to move with his supporters to that party if the pressure on him to resign heightens further.
Violent protests had broken out in the Nagaland capital two days ago with tribal groups demanding the resignation of chief minister T.R. Zeliang for his refusal to meet their demand on local body polls.
The decision has drawn the ire of powerful tribal bodies, who have called for a state-wide bandh in response.
The United Naga Council had called the blockade, ongoing since November 1, in protest against the state government’s decision to carve out two new districts.
For the last few days, Ukhrul residents have been protesting against the chief minister’s visit and had called for a shutdown on Monday.