Bihar Floor Test: Nitish Kumar wins trust vote with BJP support to retain chief ministership

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New Delhi | Updated: July 28, 2017 1:31:05 PM

Bihar Floor Test: Nitish Kumar has proved his majority in the Bihar Assembly on Friday morning after winning the floor test. He won with 131 votes to retain his post as the state chief minister, just two days after resigning from the post.

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Bihar Floor Test: Nitish Kumar has proved his majority in the Bihar Assembly on Friday morning after winning the floor test. He won with 131 votes to retain his post as the state chief minister, just two days after resigning from the post. After breaking the mahagathbandhan with Lalu Yadav’s RJD and Congress, Nitish had joined hands with his old ally, the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP). Ahead of the trust vote, the BJP and Janata Dal (United) had issued a whip to their legislators to vote in favour of the trust vote. The Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD) and the Congress had also issued a similar whip to their legislators. It was believed that Nitish Kumar had the support of 132 MLAs from JD (U) and NDA which was enough to prove the majority.

The Bihar Assembly has 243 members and to prove the majority 122 votes are needed. According to the communiqué issued from the Raj Bhawan, Nitish had claimed the support of 131 members, including the BJP, two independents and legislators of BJP allies Hindustani Awam Morcha (HAM)-Secular and Rashtriya Lok Samata Party (RLSP). Meanwhile, the Opposition RJD had 80 MLAs, the Congress 27 and the CPI-ML 3. Yesterday, Nitish and BJP leader Sushil Modi were sworn-in as Bihar Chief Minister and Deputy Chief Minister respectively, and former was asked to prove his majority on the floor by Governor Keshari Nath Tripathi.

Former deputy Chief Minister and RJD leader Tejashwi Yadav while addressing the media after attending the floor test attacked Nitish Kumar and Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP). He said, “The mandate was with the mahagathbandhan. Today BJP and Nitish Kumar insulted the mandate.” He added, “asked several questions in assembly today, but BJP & Nitish Kumar had no answers to them.” Further while talking on the matter, Tejashwi Yadav said, “People of Bihar will teach them a lesson; when they couldn’t answer my questions in assembly, then how will they answer the people?”

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