Nagaland CM TR Zeliang on Tuesday inducted ten MLAs as the advisers in his ministry. A day after Zeliang sacked three advisers and five parliamentary secretaries, 10 MLAs, eight from NPF and two Independents, were sworn in as advisers in a swearing-in ceremony held at State Banquet Hall in Kohima on Tuesday.
Chief Minister Zeliang administered the oath of office and secrecy to the newly inducted advisers. They are EE Pangteam, Chotisuh Sazo, Yitachu, N Thongwang Konyak, N Thomas Lotha, Er. Vokho-O Yhoshu, R Tohanba, T Torechu, Tovihoto Ayemi and N Jacob Zhimomi.
NPF president and DAN chairman Dr Shurhozelie Liezietsu, ministers, advisers, parliamentary secretaries, high-ranking State Government officials, functionaries of NPF and its allies were among others present at the swearing-in ceremony.
As a clear sign that there would be no space given to dissidents, Chief Minister Zeliang has so far sacked six cabinet ministers, three advisers and six parliamentary secretaries.
Zeliang had sacked four ministers on December 13 followed by another two on December 15.
The reconciliation process within NPF especially between legislators who remained with Dr Shürhozelie Liezietsu and those who backed T R Zeliang and Lok Sabha MP Neiphiu Rio camp and erstwhile president of the now defunct Naga People’s Front (NPF) party, was yet to be fully resolved internally.
Though Neiphiu Rio resigned as the president of the parallel NPF party and leaving legislators who supported him to reconcile, another development appears to have risen.
It is learnt senior party functionary of the NPF party and Dr. Shürhozelie loyalist K G Kenye has not totally accepted the reunion between Dr Shürhozelie and Chief Minister T R Zeliang.