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Agitating groups lift shutdown in galand

Kohima, Feb 21: The agitating tribal groups in galand on Tuesday withdrew their indefinite shutdown on government offices and plying of government vehicles on the road, following the resigtion of Chief Minister T.R. Zeliang on Sunday.

galand Tribes Action Committee (NTAC) and Joint Coordition Committee (JCC) lead a series of agitation since January 31 against the government’s decision to conduct the civic elections with 33 per cent reservation for women. Three people died during the clashes between police and protesters. “We have lifted our agitation programmes after Zeliang complied to demand to step down as Chief Minister,” NTAC Convener K. T. Vilie told IANS.

Chief Minister-desigte Shurhozeilie Leizietsu will on Wednesday take oath as 17th Chief Minister of the mountainous state. The 81-year-old ga People’s Front (NPF) leader was elected head of the NPF legislature party after Zeliang resigned on Sunday night, bowing to the demands of protesting tribal groups opposed to his move.

Governor P. B. Acharya accepted Zeliang’s resigtion but asked him to continue in office till an altertive arrangement was made. Meanwhile, the government has also restored mobile internet data and SMS services which were spped since January 30. (IANS)

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