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Nagaland CM Zeliang steps down, emergency meeting called on Monday

Kohima (Nagaland) [India]: Nagaland Chief Minister T.R. Zeliang, amid agitation by tribal bodies, on Sunday decided to step down to make way for a ‘consensus leader’ to replace him.

Zeliang, in a letter addressed to his party MLAs, announced his decision, citing he wanted to resolve the political stalemate in the state.

Following this, an emergency meeting of the Naga People’s Front (NPF) has been called at 10 a.m. on Monday at the state banquet hall. This will be followed by a meeting of the ruling Democratic Alliance of Nagaland (DAN) legislature party at the same venue at 11 a.m.

Zeliang has been facing opposition by the NTAC, a body of Nagaland’s 16 major tribes, which has blamed him for holding municipal polls with 33 percent reservation for women. (ANI)