Guwahati: In a setback to Nagaland chief minister Shurhozelie Liezietsu, the Kohima bench of the Gauhati High Court on Tuesday upheld the directive of governor P.B. Acharya to him to prove his majority on the floor of the Assembly.
Soon after the court’s decision, Mr Acharya directed Assembly Speaker Imtiwapang Aier to convene a special session of the House on Wednesday for the floor test.
The court of Justice L.S. Jamir, which in an interim order on Friday had put a stay on the governor’s order to Mr Liezietsu to prove his majority in the House, also dismissed the writ petition filed by the chief minister.
Mr Liezietsu had moved the court on July 14 and pleaded that the governor’s decision asking him to take a floor test on or before July 15 was “unconstitutional, illegal and arbitrary” and violated of the basic features of the Constitution.
The chief minister was asked to take the floor test after his Naga People’s Front (NPF) colleague and former chief minister T.R. Zeliang staked claim to form the government.