In a sudden move today, Nagaland Chief Minister TR Zeliang stepped down from his post to make way for his successor to be chosen in a consensus manner. Zelian, in a letter to MLAs of ruling Naga People’s Front (NPF), said he took the step to break deadlock between state government and protesting groups.
On Monday, he has called for a meeting of the NPF legislature party, which will be followed by meeting of the ruling Democratic Alliance of Nagaland (DAN) legislature party. Several tribal groups in the statehave been calling for resignation due to his decision to to civic bodies polls with 33 percent reservation for women.
Zeliang had contested 1982 and 1987 Assembly elections unsuccessfullly from Tening. After that, there was no looking back for him, as he went on to win from the same constituency four times in a row as Naga People’s Council candidate in 1989, and 1993, 1998 and 2003 from the Congress candidate.
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He was the Minister for Environment and Forests and Geology and Mining under then chief minister S C Jamir between 1998 – 2003. After that he, along with six other Congress MLAs resigned from the party and formed Nagaland Congress and later merged with Nagaland Congress. TR Zeliang was the Member of Parliament in Rajya Sabha from 2004-2008. In 2008, then chief minister TR Zeliang included him in his government as Minister for Planning, Animal Husbandry and Parliamentary Affairs
Zeliang succeeded Neiphiu Rio as Chief Minister after the later’s election to the Lok Sabha in 2014.
(With inputs from Wikipedia and IANS)