Nitish’s NDA government wins floor test in Bihar Assembly

RSTV Bureau
Patna: Nitish Kumar and Shushil Kumar Modi wave at gathering after they were sworn-in as Bihar Chief Minister and Dy Chief Minister respectively, at a ceremony in Patna on Thursday. PTI Photo

Patna: Nitish Kumar and Shushil Kumar Modi wave at gathering after they were sworn-in as Bihar Chief Minister and Dy Chief Minister respectively, at a ceremony in Patna on Thursday. PTI Photo

Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar has proved the majority of his government in the Bihar Assembly.

The ruling coalition of the JD(U), BJP and others got 131 votes while the opposition got 108 votes, Speaker Vijay Kumar Chowdhury said.

The trust vote was taken through lobby division.

In the 243-member Bihar Assembly, the RJD has 80 MLAs, the Congress 27 and the CPI-ML has 3.

The NDA had earlier submitted to the Governor his alliance had the support of 132 MLAs. These included 71 of JD(U), BJP (53), RLSP (2), LJP (2), HAM (1) and 3 independents.

When the confidence motion was moved by Nitish, RJD leader Tejashwi Yadav, former Deputy CM of the state and Lalu Prasad’s son, spoke first to launch a scathing attack on Kumar for dumping the Grand Alliance government.

RJD MLAs protested in the portico of Assembly, signalling their aggressive mood ahead of the trust vote.

Live telecast of House proceedings was prohibited and reporters too were not allowed to use their mobile phones inside.

Governor Keshri Nath Tripathi had asked the Bihar chief minister on Thursday to seek a confidence vote within two days of his swearing in.

Kumar, was sworn in as the CM on Thursday, a day after resigning from the post. Kumar switched allies, dumping the Grand Alliance comprising of RJD and Congress, and returning to the NDA fold after four years.

In 2013, Nitish had dumped the NDA after BJP declared Narendra Modi as the NDA prime ministerial candidate.

(With inputs from PTI)