Obtain vote of confidence: Nagaland Governor to CM 

Source: The Hitavada      Date: 15 Jul 2017 10:00:23


KOHIMA,

July 14,

(UNI),

TO beef up numbers on its side, the beleaguered NPF Legislature Party--part of the Democratic Alliance of Nagaland (DAN) Government--has decided to withdraw the suspension orders of ten MLAs and an MP, even as the Governor asked the Chief Minister “to positively prove his majority on the floor of the Nagaland Legislative Assembly” on or before July 15.

A statement issued by the PRO of Governor P B Acharya, in response to Chief Minister Shurhozelie Liezietsu’s letter, said that the Chief Minister’s refusal to summon an Emergent Session of 12th NLA did not seem justified. He pointed out that the CM in his reply did not refute the claim of former CM T.R. Zeliang of enjoying support of 44 MLAs in a house of 59.

The Governor contended that it was not whether “this issue” was an internal party matter of Naga People’s Front (NPF), but whether the Chief Minister enjoyed the support of the majority of the members of the House. Acharya also informed Dr. Liezietsu that, from the material available “it prima facie appeared that the Chief Minister had lost the support of the majority of members of the House”. He repeated his request to Dr. Shurhozelie “to positively prove his majority on the floor of the Nagaland Legislative Assembly” on or before July 15.

On the plea of by-election being another issue, Acharya opined that the polling was for only one constituency. In an indignant tone, Acharya said “by no stretch of the imagination can it be presumed that because of this (by-election) the Council of Ministers cannot recommend the summoning of a special session of State Assembly”.  He made it clear that he was convinced that Zeliang had majority support of 41 among the 59 legislators of the Democratic Alliance of Nagaland Government.