Bihar Assembly trust vote highlights: Nitish Kumar wins floor test, Tejashwi Yadav calls it murder of democracy

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New Delhi | Updated: July 28, 2017 10:09:31 PM

Bihar Assembly trust vote live updates: Chief Minister Nitish Kumar today passed the crucial floor test even as JDU-BJP alliance returned to power in the state after 4 years.

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Bihar Assembly trust vote live updates:  Chief Minister Nitish Kumar today passed the crucial floor test even as JDU-BJP alliance returned to power in the state after 4 years. While 131 votes were cast in favour of Kumar, 108 went against him. Earlier, ahead of the trust vote, Tejashwi Yadav was elected as the Leader of the Opposition. In no holds barred attack, Tejashwi accused Nitish of betraying people of Bihar and Lalu Prasad Yadav. He claimed that Nitish was eager to join hands with the killers of Mahatma Gandhi and used his name as an excuse. He also said that Nitish could have asked him to resign but was afraid of his confidence. Nitish Kumar, while addressing the joint sitting of the Assembly, hit back at Lalu Yadav saying that secularism should not be used to justify corruption. He also said he would not support people who make money through wrong ways.

Here are the highlights:

09:00 pm: Meanwhile, Rabri Devi lashed out on Nitish Kumar. Talking to ANI, she said that her sons were his (Nitis Kumar) target, they were moving forward and doing good work that was being appreciated, so he conspired with BJP. Further talking about corruption charges, Rabri Devi said that her family does not scared of anyone and will go wherever they are required to appear.

08:45 pm: On Nitish Kumar switching sides, Congress leader Abhishek Singhvi said it is like number portability where the chief minister is the same and only the service provider has changed from the RJD to the BJP, as per PTI.

08:30 pm: According to PTI report, several groups of university students also met Sharad Yadav at his residence, urging him to not join the NDA and be part of a “secular” grouping.

08:20 pm: A JD(U) source said the swiftness with which Kumar sealed the tie-up with the BJP within hours of walking out of the ‘mahagathbandhan’ (grand alliance) of the RJD, JD(U) and the Congress on Wednesday evening, showed that it was a “pre-decided deal”, reported PTI.

08:05 pm: Senior Congress leader Ghulam Nabi Azad and CPI(M) general secretary Sitaram Yechury today met JD(U) veteran Sharad Yadav, amid indications that he may come out openly against Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar’s decision to ally with the BJP, as per PTI.

07:55 pm: Earlier in the day, Senior RJD leader Abdul Bari Siddiqui demanded for a secret vote, which was rejected by the speaker, as per PTI.

07:45 pm: Vote counts: The 131 votes in favour of Nitish Kumar comprised JD(U) 70, BJP 52, HAM 1, RLSP 2, LJP 2 and Independent 4.
The 108 votes against the motion included 79 of RJD, Congress 26 and CPI-ML 3.

07:35 pm: Watch-Nitish Kumar bowed down in front of murderers of Mahatma Gandhi, says Tejashwi Yadav:

07:25 pm: Four MLAs could not vote today. It included RJD’s Raj Ballabh Yadav, who is in jail; Anand Shankar Pandey of BJP, who is undergoing treatment outside Bihar; Sudarshan of the Congress, who turned up for voting but by then the doors of the lobbies had been closed for the division vote and Speaker Vijay Kumar Chaudhary, who did not participate in the voting, as per PTI report.

07:15 pm: Earlier on the day, apparently targeting Rahul Gandhi, who had said he had gone back to the NDA fold to meet his “selfish” ends, Nitish Kumar, without taking any names, said in the 2015 Assembly polls Lalu Prasad was not prepared to spare for the Congress more than 15-20 seats, and it was he who intervened and ensured they got 40 seats to contest out of which the party won 27, reports PTI.

07:05 pm: Asked whether his LJP would join the Nitish Kumar cabinet, Ram Vilas Paswan hinted that his party may join the coalition government, as per PTI.

06:55 pm: Watch- Sushil Modi talks to Nitish Kumar:

06:45 pm: Nitish Kumar played a “master stroke” by resigning, the LJP chief Ram Vilas Paswan said, reported PTI.

06:35 pm: Union minister and LJP chief Ram Vilas Paswan today described Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar’s decision of aligning with the NDA as “better late than never”, as per PTI.

06:25 pm: LJP chief Ram Vilas Paswan, who met Nitish Kumar here after a long time, greeted him for forming government and winning the trust vote, as per PTI.

06:15 pm: READ | Whole speech of Nitish Kumar in Bihar Assembly in support of confidence motion moved by him for his new government with the NDA

06:05 pm: In Bihar Assembly, Nitish Kumar reportedly thanked the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), Lok Janshakti Party, Hindustani Awam Morcha, and independent MLAs for supporting his party to form the government.

05:55 pm: The Enforcement Directorate, Income Tax department and the Central Bureau of Investigation have filed cases against RJD chief Lalu Prasad and his family members for their alleged involvement in corruption, as per IANS.

05:45 pm: Watch-Nitish Kumar slams opposition, says we are here to serve people of Bihar not any political party:

05:35 pm: On accusation that Lalu Prasad’s “putra moh” (love for his son) led to the collapse of the government, Tejashwi Yadav said “had it been ‘Putra moh’ I would have been the CM…government collapsed due to ‘Bhai moh’ (affection for brother).” In political circle, Lalu Prasad and Nitish Kumar are known as “Bade Bhai” (Lalu) and “Chote Bhai” (Nitish), as per PTI.

05:25 pm: The PTI reported that apparently referring to the RJD and its leaders, Kumar said these people “live in arrogance and delusion” and asserted he would continue to show mirror to them both inside the House and outside.

05:15 pm: The JD(U) leader launched the scathing counter after Lalu’s son Tejashwi Prasad Yadav, while initiating the debate as the leader of the opposition in the Assembly, came down heavily on Nitish Kumar, frequently using the word “dhokha” (betrayal) for him for walking out of the grand alliance. An unfazed Nitish Kumar said, he followed ‘gatbandhan dharma (coalition ethics) and tried to run the government to fulfil the commitment of serving the people, as per PTI.

05:00 pm: The mandate is to serve the people and not to profit (Mandate janta ki seva ke liye tha, na ki rajbhog, mewa ke liye). The people’s court is the biggest court and it is his duty to serve them but he can’t serve one family, Nitish Kumar said in his 10-minute speech in Bihar Assembly in support of confidence motion moved by him for his new government with the NDA, as per PTI.

04:45 pm: In a dig at the BJP over recent developments in Bihar, the Shiv Sena says it seemed its ally had “made Pakistan happy” by aligning with Nitish Kumar, as per a PTI report.

04:30 pm: Speaker Vijay Kumar Chaudhary did not participate in the voting today.

04:20 pm: Watch- I was a fool as I failed to understand Nitish Kumar, says Shivanand Tiwari:

04:10 pm: Chief Minister Nitish Kumar and Deputy Chief Minister Sushil Kumar Modi did not take part in the voting as both are members of the Legislative Council. However, they were present in the house.

04:00 pm: On the day, Sushil Modi said Nitish Kumar had earlier urged the RJD leaders to put their version on the corruption charges before the public, but they didn’t come forward as they didn’t have any answers, as per IANS.

03:50 pm: Read | Unnatural alliance died naturally, says Sushil Modi post floor test victory

03:40 pm: Watch- Asked several questions in assembly today, but BJP and Nitish Kumar had no answers, says Tejashwi Yadav:

03:30 pm: Speaking about his decision, Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar told the Assembly that whatever decision he has taken is for the development of the state, as per ANI.

03:20 pm: I believe the government formed with the help of BJP is murder of democracy, said Tejashwi Yadav in the Bihar assembly, earlier today, as per ANI.

03:10 pm: Visual of former Deputy Chief Minister of Bihar Tejashwi Yadav speaking to media after Nitish Kumar’s government won trust vote at Bihar Vidhan Sabha in Patna on Friday.

(Source: PTI)

03:02 pm: Attacking the Rashtriya Janata Dal over moving the Patna High Court, Sushil Modi, as per IANS, said Nitish Kumar had already told the Governor about the support of 131 assembly members to his government and hence there was no need for the Governor to invite the RJD to form the government.

02:55 pm: After the new Bihar government won the trust vote in the assembly on Friday, Deputy Chief Minister Sushil Kumar Modi said the “unnatural Grand Alliance died naturally” and praised Chief Minister Nitish Kumar for not bowing before RJD chief Lalu Prasad, as per IANS.

02:45 pm: Nitish Kumar, on July 26 resigned as Bihar Chief Minister citing political differences with former ally, Lalu Prasad Yadav led Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD), over corruption charges against the RJD supremo’s son Tejashwi Yadav, as per PTI.

02:35 pm: Visual of Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar leaving from Bihar Assembly after winning the floor test:

(Source: ANI)

02:25 pm: Watch- Earlier, after resigning as Bihar’s CM, Nitish Kumar said this:

2:20 pm: Nitish Kumar led JD (U)-NDA government had a support of 132 MLAs.

02:15 pm: Earlier, the Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD) workers broke out in protests outside the Assembly.

2:10 pm: Yesterday, Nitish and BJP leader Sushil Modi were sworn-in as Bihar Chief Minister and Deputy Chief Minister respectively, and former has been asked to prove his majority on the floor by Governor Keshari Nath Tripathi.

2:05 pm: Watch- CM Nitish Kumar has kept his words

2:00 pm: 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.

1:55 pm: According to the communiqué issued from the Raj Bhawan, Nitish Yesterday 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)

1:50 pm: Chief Minister Nitish Kumar has left from Bihar Assembly after winning the floor test.

1:45 pm: Deputy Chief Minister Sushil Kumar Modi expressed happiness that the government led by Chief Minister Nitish Kumar has won Bihar Assembly trust vote. He said that the JDU-BJP top brass will sit down soon to discuss about the cabinet.

1:40 pm: Watch- Nitish Kumar wins Bihar Assembly trust vote.

1:35 pm: Tejashwi Yadav has claimed that Nitish Kumar had kidnapped JD(U) and BJP MLAs to ensure they don’t connect with RJD. Many told me they will vote for RJD if secretballot is provided, said Tejashwi Yadav.

1:30pm: Leader of Opposition Tejashwi Yadav invoked a song from Aamir Khan’s 3 Idiots to hit out at CM Kumar and PM Modi.

1:28 pm: After JDU-BJP allaince wins Bihar Assembly trust vote, Tejashwi Yadav narrated a poem to mock Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Chief Minister Nitish Kumar

1:25 pm: People of Bihar will teach them a lesson; when they couldn’t answer my questions in assembly, then how will they answer the people, asked Tejashwi Yadav.

1:22 pm: We demanded secret voting, but it was noy allowed, claimed Tejashwi Yadav.

1:20 pm: CM Nitish Kumar has cheated people of Bihar. I have asked a number of questions but Kumar and BJP had no answers, said Tejashwi Yadav after Bihar Assembly trust vote.

1:15 pm: Watch- Here is what CM Nitish Kumar had said about Lalu Prasad Yadav and Tejashwi.

1:10 pm: JD(U)-BJP alliance came back to power after 4 years. The alliance managed to garner 131 votes during Bihar Assembly trust vote.

1:07 pm: 108 vote against CM Nitish Kumar but JDU-BJP alliance managed to pass the Bihar Assembly trust vote test.

1:05 pm: CM Nitish Kumar has received 131 votes in his favour as he won the crucial Bihar Assembly trust vote

1:03 pm: Watch– RJD leaders attacked Nitish Kumar ahead of Bihar Assembly trust vote

1:00 pm: Two PILs were filed and their lawyers made a mention of them before the bench ahead of the crucial trust vote the Nitish Kumar government has to take in the Bihar Assembly.

12:58 pm: One PIL has been filed by RJD MLAs Saroj Yadav and Chandan Verma while the second one by Jitendra Kumar who is a member of the Samajwadi Party.

12:54 pm: Would like to thank Congress and RJD, if Tejashwi had resigned I would not have been here, Deputy CM Sushil Modi said ahead of Bihar Assembly trust vote.

12:50 pm: Watch– Bihar Assembly trust vote has begun

12:45 pm: Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar said that secularism should not be used to justify corruption. Won’t support people who make money through wrong ways, he said.

12:41 pm: Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar has flayed Lalu Prasad Yadav and Tejashwi Yadav over graft issue.

12:38 pm: Bihar Assembly trust vote has begun.

12:35 pm: The NDA alliance had submitted a list of 132 MLAs to the governor. These include 71 of JD(U), BJP 53, RLSP two, LJP two, HAM one and three independents.

12:32 pm: In the 243-member Bihar Assembly, the RJD has 80 MLAs, the Congress 27 and the CPI-ML has three.

12:30 pm: Watch– JDU leader KC Tyagi speaking about Sharad Yadav’s alleged unhappiness over Nitish Kumar’s move

12:28 pm: Chief Minister Nitish Kumar is speaking ahead of Bihar Assembly trust vote.

12:25 pm: Watch- What did RJD leader say about CM Nitish Kumar ahead of Bihar Assembly trust vote

12:22 pm:  Ahead of Bihar Assembly trust vote, Tejashwi Yadav said that CM Nitish Kumar never spoke to him about his resignation. I too was thinking that he does not want me to resign, Yadav said in Assembly.

12:18 pm: Yogi Adityanath, some BJP leaders have serious cases registered against them, Nitish ji will you ask all of them to resign, asked Tejashwi Yadav in Assembly.

12:15 pm: Watch: Ahead of Bihar assembly trust vote, big boost for Nitish Kumar

12:12 pm: Ahead of Bihar Assembly trust vote, Tejashwi Yadav has called CM Nitish Kumar an escapist. Yadav said Nitish had taken out Champaran rally but joined hands with killers of Bapu

12:08 pm: Ahead of Bihar Assembly trust vote, Leader of Opposition Tejashwi Yadav said he has endured enough and criticized BJP over the ongoing political situation in Bihar.

12:03 pm: Ahead of Bihar Assembly Trust vote, Tejashwi Yadav told Nitish Kumar that he should be ashamed after sitting next to Deputy CM and BJP leader Sushil Kumar Modi.

12:00 pm: Ahead of Bihar Assembly trust vote, Tejashwi Yadav said Nitish Kumar was still my uncle, but he betrayed me. If Nitish had asked me to resign, I would have thought of it, Yadav said.

11:55 am: Watch- Special sitting has begun. Bihar Assembly Trust vote shortly.

11:53 am: Ahead of Bihar Assembly Trust vote, Tejashwi Yadav questioned Nitish Kumar’s silence during CBI raids.

11:50 am: We did not put any pressure on the Chief Minister ever, said leader of opposition Tejashwi Yadav ahead of Bihar Assembly Trust vote.

11:47 am: Everything was completely planned; the way Nitish Kumar gave resignation is saddening, says Tejashwi Yadav ahead of Bihar Assembly trust vote.

11:45 am: Tejashwi Yadav said ahead of Bihar Assembly trust vote that he has always taken care of Dalits and minorities.

11:42 am: Meanwhile, ahead of Bihar Assembly Trust vote, Patna High Court was adjourned for Monday hearing of PILs challenging formation of new Nitish Kumar government.

11:40 am: Watch– Political reactions before Bihar Assembly trust vote

11:35 am: Tejashwi Yadav launched a scathing attack on CM Nitish Kumar ahead of Bihar Assembly trust vote, said whole India is aware of the JDU leader’s image.

11:32 am: We have 80 MLAs, Nitish ji knew he could not have removed me, said Tejashwi Yadav ahead of Bihar Assembly trust vote.

11:30 am: Nitish Kumar had fought alone in 1995 and got seven seats. In 2014, he was reduced to two seats, where was his image then, asked Tejashwi Yadav ahead if Bihar trust vote. JDU, RJD and JDU are shouting at each other in Bihar Assembly after Tejashwi told BJP’s Sushil Modi to be ashamed of what he has done, as per CNN News18.

11:26 am: People of Bihar have suffered immensely, RJD leader Tejashwi Yadav said ahead of Bihar Assembly trust vote.

11:23 am: RJD wants secret voting for Bihar Assembly trust vote.

11:22 am: Meanwhile, Congress Rajya Sabha MP Anand Sharma said that BJP is misusing its power, according to CNN News18 report.

11:20 am: Why did not Nitish Kumar suspend me, asked Tejashwi Yadav. The Leader of Opposition said that Kumar was worried over his confidence.

11:18 am: Patna High Court on petition challenging formation of a new government by Nitish Kumar’s JDU with BJP: Hearing not possible before July 31st, Monday

11:17 am: Watch– Leader of Opposition Tejashwi Yadav talked to media outside Assembly

11:15 am: Earlier, Congress Bihar in-charge CP Joshi chaired a meeting of Congress MLAs in Patna

11:13 am: Leader of Opposition Tejashwi Yadav has called CM Nitish Kumar Boss, as per ABP news.

11:10 am: Bihar CM Nitish Kumar has moved the confidence motion in the special session of Assembly.

11:05 am: Uproar in Bihar Assembly as Former Deputy Chief Minister Tejashwi Yadav was elected as Leader of Opposition.

11:00 am: CM Nitish Kumar will move the confidence motion in the special session shortly.

10:58 am: The Congress and many other parties had described Nitish Kumar’s joining hands with the BJP as “treachery” with the people’s mandate and said it was “a black day” for Indian democracy.

10:55 am: Bihar HC to hear RJD plea on Monday, reports ABP News.

10:53 am: Bihar High Court has admitted RJD plea challenging Governor’s decision to invite Nitish Kumar to form government, reports ABP News.

10:50 am: Former Deputy Chief Minister and Lalu Yadav’s son Tejashwi Yadav has reached the assembly.

10:47 am: RJD and Congress MLAs are protesting outside of Bihar Assembly.

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10:43 am: Deputy Chief Minister Sushil Modi has reached Bihar assembly ahead of the floor test.

10:40 am: Watch- Lalu Yadav is in touch with senior JDU leader Sharad Yadav, according to CNN NEWS18 report.

10:38 am: It is very clear that we will win trust vote as we have support of 132 MLAs: BJP leader Mangal Pandey.

10:35 am: Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar has reached the Assembly for the floor test.

10:30 am: Nitiish Kumar had led the JD(U)-NDA combine as the chief minister between 2005 and 2013. The JD(U) and BJP snapped ties in 2013. The JD(U) contested the October-November 2015 Bihar assembly polls with grand alliance partners Congress and RJD and handsomly defeated the BJP-led coalition.

10:25 am: Watch– Here is how Lalu Yadav reacted on Nitish Kumar BJP allaince

10:20 am: Shiv Sena further aimed potshots at the BJP and said that in the Ishrat Jahan encounter case, Nitish spoke against the saffron outfit, so how will the latter party forget such sharp criticism. “Nitish favoured Ishrat, and slammed the Centre, how will the Modi government digest all the criticism,” the article in mouth piece Saamana said.

10:18 am: Watch– How Nitish Kumar BJP alliance will help Narendra Modi in the 2019 Lok Sabha polls

10:15 am: “Nitish accused Prime Minister Modi of being non-secular. He also accused the BJP of functioning according to the RSS ideology. Nitish even went on saying that when Prime Minister Modi was the chief Minister of Gujarat he killed Muslims, so if Modi ji is nominated as the Prime Ministerial candidate my conscious will now allow me to be a part of NDA,” the Shiv Sena said.

10:10 am: “No leader unhappy; Ali Anwar issued statement but he has also said that this is not a revolt and that he will speak in party forum,” said JDU leader Ajay Alok. Alok said that there has been no statement from Sharad Yadav’s side and termed it as a rumour.

10:08 am:Amit Shah said that if Nitish Kumar wins Pakistan would celebrate, so is Pakistan celebrating now? Seems like the BJP has itself made Pakistan happy by collaborating with Nitish,” Shiv Sena Editorial mouth piece Saamana stated.

10:05 am: Watch– What JDU MP Ali Anwar says about Nitish Kumar

10:00 am: Nitish, on July 26 resigned as Bihar Chief Minister citing political differences with former ally, Lalu Prasad Yadav led Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD), over corruption charges against the RJD supremo’s son Tejashwi Yadav.

9:55 am: Security tightened outside Bihar assembly in Patna. CM Nitish Kumar to face floor test today.

9:52 am: Meanwhile, BJP chief Amit Shah, Union Minister Smriti Irani and Balwant Singh Rajput, who had resigned from Congress to join BJP, will file Rajya Sabha nomination at 10.30 am in Gandhinagar, Gujarat.

9:50 am: Opposition RJD has 80 MLAs, the Congress 27 and the CPI-ML 3.

9:47 am: According to the communiqué issued from the Raj Bhawan, Nitish has 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).

9:42 am: Watch– Nitish Kumar faces floor test

9:38 am: Nitish led JD (U)-NDA government has a support of 132 MLAs, which will help it to prove a comfortable majority in the 243 member state assembly where 122 MLAs are required to prove majority.

9:33 am: BJP and Janata Dal (United) have issued whip to their legislators to vote in favour of the trust vote. The Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD) and the Congress have also issued a similar whip to their legislators.

9:30 am: Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar will move the confidence motion in the special session at 11 a.m.

9:28 am: Meanwhile, BJP chief Amit Shah and Union Minister Smriti Irani to file nomination from Gujarat for the Rajya Sabha elections.

9:25 am: Watch- Here is all you need to know about Nitish Kumar trust vote

9:20 am: Chief Minster Nitish Kumar will get a full majority today. Politics is about serving people, it’s not a medium to collect money or property, says Neeraj Kumar of JD(U)

9:15 am: “Resignation of Nitish Kumar and formation of government within two hours clearly indicates that some sort of planning had been done previously. Nitish Kumar had made up his mind to join the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP),” NCP leader Nawab Malik told ANI.

9:10 am: According to Times Now report, JDU will continue to support Gopalkrishna Gandhi picked by Opposition parties for the post of Vice President.

9:07 am: Senior JDU leader Sharad Yadav evaded questions on Nitish Kumar floor test in Bihar Assembly.

9:05 am: Watch– Meanwhile, Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar has backed the Opposition candidate Gopalkrishna Gandhi for the post of Vice President

9:00 am: CPI(M) general secretary Sitaram Yechury had attacked Nitish Kumar for taking oath as Bihar Chief Minister “every few years” and added the latter has set “quite a record” in this connection.

8:57 am: “I took the decision to form the new government in the interest of Bihar … I am committed to the development of Bihar,” Nitish Kumar told reporters after taking oath.

8:55 am: RJD has issued whip asking its MLAs to be present in the assembly. It has been learned that RJD members may create ruckus outside and inside the assembly, according to Times Now report.

8:50 am: Watch- Former Bihar CM Rabri Devi says Nitish Kumar has back-stabbed ‘big brother’ Lalu Prasad

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8:45 am: “We regret our decision to run the government with such a person (Lalu Prasad) for 20 months. We blame ourselves for committing a mistake of taking their MLA count from 22 to 80,” he said.

8:40  am: On the RJD’s claims that it has the numbers, JD(U) national spokesperson K C Tyagi said, “They should stop making tall claims and if they really have the numbers, let them prove it in the floor test. We have our numbers and we will prove it.”

8:35 am: In the 243-member Bihar Assembly, the RJD has 80 MLAs, the Congress 27 and the CPI-ML has three.

8:30 am: Meanwhile, the NDA alliance had submitted a list of 132 MLAs yesterday to the governor. These include 71 of JD(U), BJP 53, RLSP two, LJP two, HAM one and three independents.

8:25 am: Congress vice president Rahul Gandhi has accused him of having returned to “communal forces” for “selfish” political motives, saying he would respond those attacking him at the “right time”.

8:23 am: Watch- Tejashwi Yadav’s take on Nitish Kumar BJP alliance

8:20 am: Nitish Kumar needs to prove majority in assembly today. Kumar, who became the chief minister for the sixth time, claimed to have support of 132 MLAs, as per ABP news.

8:15 am: Bihar chief minister Nitish Kumar has defended his decision to ally with BJP, insisting it was made in the interest of the state.

8:13 am: Patna Senior Superintendent of Police Manu Maharaj told PTI that elaborate security arrangements have been made in and around the assembly building for today’s special one-day session.

8:10 am: Watch- Details about Nitish Kumar’s trust vote

8:05 am: Yesterday, a brief Cabinet meeting cancelled the notification calling for five-day monsoon session for bicameral Bihar legislature from July 28 to August 3.

8:00 am: A communique from the Bihar assembly secretariat said Speaker Chaudhary would address the assembly at the beginning of the special session and Kumar would then move the confidence motion.

7:55 am: There is only one agenda for tomorrow’s special sitting – that is the trust vote of the new government, as per PTI report.

7:50 am: Watch: The impact of Nitish Kumar-Narendra Modi bonhomie on national politics

7:45 am: “The assembly secretariat has informed the house members to participate in the one-day special session which will begin at 11 am tomorrow. The members have been informed by telephone, SMS and letters,” Chaudhary told reporters.

7:40 am: The Bihar assembly will have a day-long special session from 11 am tomorrow to facilitate the new JD(U)-NDA government of Nitish Kumar to seek trust vote, Speaker Vijay Kumar Chaudhary said yesterday.

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