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KOHIMA:  The Nagaland assembly on Friday became a opposition-less house after chief minister TR Zeliang expanded his ministry by inducting legislators from Congress, besides his own party Nagaland People's Front (NPF).Three ministers and nine parliamentary
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PTI May 08, 2015 23:59 IST

KOHIMA:  The Nagaland assembly on Friday became a opposition-less house after chief minister TR Zeliang expanded his ministry by inducting legislators from Congress, besides his own party Nagaland People's Front (NPF).

Three ministers and nine parliamentary secretaries were inducted in the 11-month-old Democratic Alliance of Nagaland government in which BJP is a constituent.

Six of the eight Congress MLAs were inducted in the exercise which converted the 60-member assembly to an opposition-less House.

Congress legislature party leader Tokheho Yepthomi got a place in the cabinet while two Naga People's Front parliamentary secretaries Yitachu and Y Vikheho Swu were made ministers. The three were sworn-in by governor PB Acharya at the Raj Bhavan here.

Later, Zeliang inducted nine parliamentary secretaries of whom five were from Congress and and four from NPF.

While C Apok Jamir, Hukavi Zhimomi, Dr Imtiwapang, Eshak Konyak and Khekato were from Congress Dr Benjongliba Aier, EE Pangteang, Shetoyi and Phukayi belong to NPF.

The newly inducted ministers and parliamentary secretaries were yet to get their portfolios.

This is the second expansion of the TR Zeliang ministry after the first one on April 27.

The dream to have a government without opposition has come true, Zeliang told reporters.

This has been done to bring together all the political parties who can now now jointly work towards achieving early solution of the Naga political issue.

The Zeliang ministry had faced open upheaval with 22 NPF MLAs demanding change of leadership on January 5, which had led to sacking of four cabinet ministers and nine parliamentary secretaries.

The rebellion had forced Zeliang to move for trust vote in the assembly on February 5 wherein all the elected members, including the opposition Congress, voted in favour of his leadership.

Nagaland can have 12 ministers including the chief minister as it has a 60-member House with 38 NPF MLAs, 8 Congress, 4 BJP, 1 each by NCP and JD(U)and 8 independents.

 

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