DIMAPUR, Jan 8 � Nagaland Governor PB Acharya told a delegation of dissident NPF MLAs that he would hold proper consultations on the constitutional provisions and other relevant issues on the issue of change of guard in the State government with the Advocate General of Nagaland KN Balgopal and subsequently act upon it.
Acharya told this to a six-member NPF dissident MLAs led by G Kaito Aye, the leader of the dissident group, who had gone to meet him to stake claim for installation of a new NPF-led DAN-III government under Kaito�s leadership on Wednesday night.
Kaito was accompanied by the sacked PWD (R&B) minister Kuzholuzo Neinhu (Azo), MLA CM Chang, sacked parliamentary secretary Deo Nukhu, MLA Dr TM Lotha and former minister and MLA Imkong Imchen.
Meanwhile, the newly elected NPF Legislature Party (dissident group) spokesman Imkong Imchen, in a release today said they have demanded immediate dismissal of the minority government headed by Chief Minister TR Zeliang as he has lost the support and confidence of the majority.
�We demand that he immediately step down and pave the way for installation of a popular government in the greater interest of the people of Nagaland,� Imchen said in the release.
Imchen said they have assured the Governor of forming a stable government to build a strong relationship with the NDA government to strengthen the peace process and bring about allround development in the State.
They appealed to all sections of people and the party organization to be firm and united to uphold and respect the mandate of the people.
They also appealed to the NPF president to release the MLAs who have been �forcefully confined under house arrest conditions in the Hotel Oriental Grand in Kohima using the State�s police forces,� the release said.
Terming this action as completely undemocratic, dictatorial and suppression of the rights of the elected members, the release said forceful confinement of the members is akin to disrespecting the people�s voice. The release claimed that there are several members who want to strengthen the leadership of Kaito Aye but they are being denied their rights and hence appealed to the State�s forces and law-enforcing agencies to ensure that the democratic process is upheld and the law is not vitiated.
As the political crisis within the ruling NPF deepened, Governor Acharya, who was in Tripura, arrived in Kohima late Tuesday night and was briefed about the entire political development in the State on Wednesday.
Chief Minister TR Zeliang along with NPF president Dr Shurhozelie also called on the Governor early Wednesday morning apprising him about the entire situation.
They reportedly informed the Governor that despite ongoing rebellion within the NPF legislators, the present government is stable and there is no need for a change of guard.
On the other hand, the two Members of Parliament from the State, Neiphiu Rio and Khekiho Zhimomi, along with former MPs Chingwang Konyak and Imchalemba also called on the Governor.
They, too, reportedly apprised him about the entire scenario while also opining that as decided by the NPF Legislators Party, the Governor should consider giving the opportunity to G Kaito Aye to form the government.