The Nagaland witnessed massive protests against reservation for women in local body elections. Amidst heated up situation, Nagaland is soon going to have a new chief minister. Ruling Naga People’s Front (NPF) president Shurhozelie Liezietsu will soon take over charge from current Chief Minister T.R. Zeliang. Nagaland is facing a conflict between various tribal bodies and the state government over elections to urban local bodies (ULB) in the state. The NPF legislators unanimously chose Liezietsu as the new leader of the legislature party on Thursday.
Nagaland Tribal Action Committee (NTAC) propagating the agitation had demanded the immediate resignation of Zeliang as Chief Minister after two protestors died in police firing during the violent agitation. Protestors had set Friday as the deadline for chief minister Zeliang to step down or face further protests.
Zeliang asked for a few days for the smooth transition of power in the state as he rushes to the capital to consult the Centre of the development
“I am seized of the matter regarding demands for my stepping down as Chief Minister. You will appreciate that all decisions so far have been collectively taken and likewise all future decision will also have to be taken collectively. In order to ensure smooth transition of office, and in the larger interest of the state, I appeal to you to wait for 2-3 more days”, Zeliang wrote in his letter.