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Naga CM seeks end to political deadlock, meets Rajnath Singh

Recently, Zeliang had faced an open rebellion from the dissidents of Naga People’s Front (NPF) legislators who claimed that they have elected a new leader following which Zeliang had sacked two of his ministers who were also suspended with five other MLAs from primary membership.

NPF is the NDA ally in the state and sources said Singh has assured that there will no change in the leadership in Nagaland and he will remain the Chief Minister.

Few days back more than 20 of 38 NPF dissident legislators, who are demanding change in state leadership, met at Dimapur and unanimously elected Industries and Commerce Ministers G Kaito Aye as the new leader of the NPF Legislature Party and ‘empowered him to form the new government’.

Coming down heavily on the move, Zeliang sacked Aye and Roads and Bridges Minister Kuzholuzo Azo Nienu. They were also suspended along with five other MLAs from primary membership of ruling NPF for allegedly ‘conspiring to overthrow’ the NPF-led government in Nagaland.

Zeliang, who had also met Prime Minister Narendra Modi, claimed that the PM too wanted him to continue as a CM. It was learnt that beside Aye and Nienu, Zeliang also removed five NPF legislators and one Independent MLA from the post of parliamentary secretaries. They were Zhaleo Rio, Pukhayi, Pohwang Konyak, Shetoyi and Tovihoto Ayemi  and Thomas Ngullie (IND).
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