Kohima, July 19: Nagaland Governor P.B Acharya on Wednesday appointed T.R Zeliang as the Chief Minister of the state. He took the action after former CM Shurhozelie Liezietsu and his supporters failed to show up for the floor Test ordered by the governor. He has been sworn-in as the new CM. Zeliang will have to prove his majority before July 22.Also Read - Naga People's Front to Withdraw Support From BJP-led Manipur Government After LS Polls
Zeliang was the Chief Minister of Nagaland for the period of three years (24 May 2014 – 20 February 2017). However, he was forced to resign from his post after the row over 33 per cent reservation for women in Nagaland civic polls. Shurhozelie Liezietsu succeeded him. However, he had been facing rebellion from 43 MLAs. The governor had asked him to prove his majority. Also Read - Naga People's Front to Support Congress Lok Sabha Candidate in Nagaland
Zeliang was born in Mbaupungwa, Peren, in 1952. He belongs to the Zeliang Naga community. He holds a BA degree. He was active in youth politics in his youth. He served as the president of Zeliangrong Students Union, general secretary of Zeliangrong Action Committee and Zeliangrong Youth Organisation and became the president of the Peren District Youth Congress. (Also read: Nagaland CM Shurhozelie Liezietsu Skips His Own Floor Test, What is Happening in The Northeastern State) Also Read - Naga People's Front to Support Congress Candidate KL Chishi in Nagaland
Zeliang contested that the Nagaland Assembly poll in 1982 and 1987 from Tening and lost. He then won four successive elections. He first won in 1989 as the candidate for NGP. In 1993, 1998, and 2003, he won as the candidate of the Indian National Congress. He was the Ministers of State for Information and Technology.In 2003, he formed the Nagaland Congress and later merged into Naga People’s Front. He was also an MP from Nagaland in Rajya Sabha.