Nagaland is set to come under President's rule with the Centre recommending it to President Pratibha Patil, Home Ministry sources on Wednesday said.
The papers were sent to the President, who is at present in Hyderabad, the sources said. They said Patil was considering the recommendation, which was made at an unscheduled Cabinet meeting, chaired by Prime Minister Manmohan Singh on Tuesday.
The Cabinet meeting was convened at a short notice to discuss the fluid political situation in Nagaland where BJP-backed Democratic Alliance of Nagaland is in power.
Strongly reacting to reports that his state was heading for President's rule, Nagaland Chief Minister Neiphiu Rio said "such a move will be illegal and unconstitutional as I have come to power only after being elected democratically and my government has won the trust vote in Nagaland assembly on December 13".
Rio survived a controversial no-confidence motion in the assembly on December 13 when the motion was defeated 23-19 in the 60-member House after speaker barred three independents from taking part in the voting and held that the votes of nine dissident ruling NPF members were invalid.