Zeliang back from oblivion to occupy top post of Nagaland

19 July, Kohima

The musical chairs in the tribal state of Nagaland continues with Tabitui R Zeliang again coming back to occupy the top chair in the state, five months after he had to step down from the post of chief minister following intense protests against his decision to hold civic body elections with 33 pc quota for women.

But now he suddenly captured the throne once again after receiving the support from 43 out of 59 MLAs in the state legislative assemblyIn February this year, Zeliang had to step down from the post of Chief Minister following intense protests against his decision to conduct civic bodies elections with 33 per cent reservation for women.

He was replaced by veteran leader Dr Shurhozelie Liezietsu . However, just five months since then, Zeliang became the Chief Minister again by overthrowing Liezietsu.Zeliang, who belongs to the Nagaland People’s Front party, has also represented Nagaland in the Council of States.

Born on 21 February 1952 in Mbaupungwa village of Peren district to Rangleu Zeliang he completed his schooling from Don Bosco School in Dibrugarh, Assam.

He obtained his Bachelors of Arts degree from Arts College of Kohima, Nagaland.Zeliang tried his luck in the 1982 and 1987 Nagaland Assembly elections from Tening assembly segment. However, he lost on both the occasions. But a long winning spree followed those losses.

Zeliang contested the 1989 assembly elections on Naga People’s Council’s ticket and won the Tening assembly seat. He won from Tening as a Congress candidate in 1993, 1998 and 2003.Along with six Congress MLAs, Zeliang formed the Nagaland Congress in 2003 after parting ways with the Indian National Congress. He then merged his Nagaland Congress with Naga People’s Front led by Neiphiu Rio.

In 2004, Zeliang was elected to the Rajya Sabha and held the seat till 2008. Appointed the Minister for Planning, Animal Husbandry and Parliamentary Affairs in Neiphiu Rio government in 2008, Zeliang went on to contest the 2008 and 2013 Nagaland assembly elections from Peren constituency emerging victorious.

Following Neiphiu Rio’s election to the Lok Sabha in the general elections in 2014, Zeliang was appointed the Chief Minister of Nagaland on 24 May 2014.

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