20 February 2017 Current Affairs: Nagaland Chief Minister TR Zeliang resigned as Chief Minister of the state on 19 February 2017. He resigned against the backdrop of widespread protests in the state, which was triggered due to government’s decision to reserve 33 percent seats for women in urban local bodies.
Zeliang’s resignation was accepted by the Governor PB Acharya. As per reports, the governor has asked Zeliang to continue till further arrangements were made.
In a statement, the Chief Minister's Office (CMO) said Zeliang was stepping down and a consensus leader will be chosen on 20 February 2017 at Naga People's Front (NPF) Legislature Party meeting. The NPF meeting will be followed by a meeting of DAN (Democratic Alliance of Nagaland) in Kohima.
In the 60-member assembly, the ruling Democratic Alliance of Nagaland comprises 48 NPF legislators, including suspended legislator Imkong Imchen, four of BJP MLAs and eight Independents.
As per reports, Neiphiu Rio, the former Chief Minister and sole MP from the state, appears to be a front-runner for the Chief Ministership. In the 60-member Assembly, Rio is said to be commanding the support of 49 MLAs, including eight Independents.
At least three MLAs, including Speaker Chotisuh Sazo, are with party President Shurhozelie Liezitsu.