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Nagaland ministry crisis: Centre likely to take final call

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NEW DELHI, Jan 29 � Prime Minister Narendra Modi, in consultation with Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh, is likely to take a final call on the fate of the TR Zeliang government, highly placed sources said.

The NDA government at the Centre has been closely monitoring the political upheaval in Kohima. The scene shifted to Delhi after the Chief Minister of Nagaland arrived here to brief the Central leadership. The ruling DAN is an alliance partner of the NDA at the Centre.

Today, Governor PB Acharya and Zeliang separately called on the Union Home Minister to brief him about the prevailing political situation. Yesterday, Zeliang had met the Prime Minister to apprise him about the political and financial scenario in Nagaland.

Sources in the Home Ministry said a final call would be taken by the political leadership after reviewing the situation. As of now there are two options before the Centre � to either dismiss the Zeliang government and impose President�s Rule or replace him with K Kaito Aye, who claims the support of 22 MLAs.

Sources said the Governor in his report to the Centre said that the political situation in the state has become very uncertain and the need of the hour is to resolve the crisis. He underscored the need for a stable government in Kohima in the face of the serious financial crisis facing the state government, sources said.

Meanwhile, Zeliang told newsmen after meeting Modi that the Prime Minister was against any change of leadership and disturbing the DAN government. Zeliang claimed that the Prime Minister also assured him of the BJP�s support.

About the financial crisis, the Chief Minister�s Office said that at the meeting with Finance Minister Arun Jaitley, the Chief Minister requested for clearance of ODA loan of Rs 620 crore under JICAQ for �Nagaland Afforestation and Eco Development Project�.

In response Jaitley said he was aware of the financial challenges faced by Nagaland. The Union Minister also informed that the state�s request was under active consideration of the Government of India and that some financial relief would be provided soon.

Meanwhile, Zeliang also dangled the bait of a reshuffle of his council of ministers soon after his return from Delhi. He promised fresh induction to fill the vacancies caused when four ministers were dropped including parliamentary secretaries and those who resigned.

The crisis in Nagaland deepened when, at least 22 NPF legislators supporting G Kaito Aye along with Lok Sabha MP Neiphiu Rio and Rajya Sabha MP Khekiho Zhimomi submitted a petition to Governor PB Acharya in Kohima. The 22 MLAs claimed that the cabinet headed by TR Zeliang has lost the majority support and mandate of the NPF, as well as the ruling DAN Legislature Parties and is therefore not recognised anymore.

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Nagaland ministry crisis: Centre likely to take final call

NEW DELHI, Jan 29 � Prime Minister Narendra Modi, in consultation with Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh, is likely to take a final call on the fate of the TR Zeliang government, highly placed sources said.

The NDA government at the Centre has been closely monitoring the political upheaval in Kohima. The scene shifted to Delhi after the Chief Minister of Nagaland arrived here to brief the Central leadership. The ruling DAN is an alliance partner of the NDA at the Centre.

Today, Governor PB Acharya and Zeliang separately called on the Union Home Minister to brief him about the prevailing political situation. Yesterday, Zeliang had met the Prime Minister to apprise him about the political and financial scenario in Nagaland.

Sources in the Home Ministry said a final call would be taken by the political leadership after reviewing the situation. As of now there are two options before the Centre � to either dismiss the Zeliang government and impose President�s Rule or replace him with K Kaito Aye, who claims the support of 22 MLAs.

Sources said the Governor in his report to the Centre said that the political situation in the state has become very uncertain and the need of the hour is to resolve the crisis. He underscored the need for a stable government in Kohima in the face of the serious financial crisis facing the state government, sources said.

Meanwhile, Zeliang told newsmen after meeting Modi that the Prime Minister was against any change of leadership and disturbing the DAN government. Zeliang claimed that the Prime Minister also assured him of the BJP�s support.

About the financial crisis, the Chief Minister�s Office said that at the meeting with Finance Minister Arun Jaitley, the Chief Minister requested for clearance of ODA loan of Rs 620 crore under JICAQ for �Nagaland Afforestation and Eco Development Project�.

In response Jaitley said he was aware of the financial challenges faced by Nagaland. The Union Minister also informed that the state�s request was under active consideration of the Government of India and that some financial relief would be provided soon.

Meanwhile, Zeliang also dangled the bait of a reshuffle of his council of ministers soon after his return from Delhi. He promised fresh induction to fill the vacancies caused when four ministers were dropped including parliamentary secretaries and those who resigned.

The crisis in Nagaland deepened when, at least 22 NPF legislators supporting G Kaito Aye along with Lok Sabha MP Neiphiu Rio and Rajya Sabha MP Khekiho Zhimomi submitted a petition to Governor PB Acharya in Kohima. The 22 MLAs claimed that the cabinet headed by TR Zeliang has lost the majority support and mandate of the NPF, as well as the ruling DAN Legislature Parties and is therefore not recognised anymore.