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Nagaland CM’s son resigns from assembly to pave way for father’s election

Shurhozelie Liezietsu who took over as Nagaland chief minister in February will contest the Northern Angami assembly seat after his son Khreihu resigned on Wednesday.

india Updated: May 24, 2017 19:51 IST
Utpal Parashar
File photo of Nagaland chief minister Shurhozelie Liezietsu (right) with his predecessor  Zeliang .  Liezietsu  will contest  the Northern Angami seat to become a member of the assembly.
File photo of Nagaland chief minister Shurhozelie Liezietsu (right) with his predecessor Zeliang . Liezietsu will contest the Northern Angami seat to become a member of the assembly. (HT PHOTO)

Nagaland chief minister Shurhozelie Liezietsu’s son Khreihu resigned from his assembly seat on Wednesday to make way for his father’s election as an MLA.

The 81-year-old Naga People’s Front president had assumed office in February after his predecessor TR Zeliang resigned following violence over opposition to women’s reservation in municipal bodies.

But since Shurhozelie was not a representative of the 60-member assembly, it was speculated that his son Khreihu would vacate his seat to enable him to get elected within the six month time limit.

The chief minister, who is also an eminent author, had won eight times from the Northern Angami assembly seat. But he decided against contesting in 2013 and made the way for his son.

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On Wednesday, the Nagaland assembly secretariat issued a notification informing that the Speaker had accepted Khreihu’s resignation and declared the Northern Angami seat vacant.

Nagaland, which has a NPF-led coalition where BJP is a partner, will go to polls next year.