Nagaland Governor P B Acharya tonight asked Chief Minister Dr Shurhozuelie Lieziesu once again to prove his majority on the floor of the Assembly positively on or before July 15, a directive the state cabinet has turned down earlier in the day.
In a letter addressed to the Chief Minister late tonight, the governor said that Lieziesu did not deny the claims of TR Zeliang that he enjoys the support of 44 MLAs in a house of 59.
Acharya said it was not an 'internal matter' of the ruling Naga People's Front (NPF) as claimed by the chief minister, but whether he enjoys the support of the majority of the House or not.
He also said that from the materials available to him, it prima facie appears that the CM has lost support of the majority of the Assembly and therefore, again requested him to call an emergency session of the assembly to prove his majority on the floor of the House.
While turning down the governor's directive earlier in the day, the state cabinet said the by-poll to Northern Angami-I seat has already been notified and the model code of conduct is in force. The chief minister has also filed his nomination paper.
So, the cabinet said, "It would not be legally proper for the cabinet to advise, and for the governor to summon the assembly during this election period."
On this, the Governor said as far as the bye-election was concerned, it was for only one constituency and so it should not come in the way of recommending summoning of a special session of the assembly.
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