Newly sworn-in Deputy Chief Minister Sushil Kumar Modi expressed his happiness at the victory in the floor test and said he and Chief Minister Nitish Kumar will soon sit down to discuss about the Cabinet.
Newly sworn-in Deputy Chief Minister Sushil Kumar Modi expressed his happiness at the victory in the floor test and said he and Chief Minister Nitish Kumar will soon sit down to discuss about the Cabinet. Addressing reporters after winning the trust vote, Modi said “Happy that the government led by chief minister Nitish Kumar has won vote of confidence, we will sit down soon to discuss about the cabinet.” Lashing out at the Congress party, Modi said if they (Congress) had majority they would have proved it today in the House. “It has become clear that the new alliance has received the mandate now and the un-natural alliance died naturally today. And that is why we kept saying that this alliance will not run for long,” he added.
Attacking Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD) fraction, Modi said the people of Bihar want to know from Lalu Prasad Yadav and his son Tejashwi as to how, at the mere age of 28, did he amass so much wealth. “Nitish Kumar took the right step at the right time and fought against corruption and did not bow down before Lalu,” he added. Earlier, former deputy chief minister Tejashwi Yadav on said that the mandate which was handed over by the people of Bihar in 2015 elections was for the grand alliance, adding that Nitish Kumar and the BJP had insulted that mandate.
“It is a murder of democracy. People of Bihar had given mandate in 2015 not for the BJP but for the grand alliance. He (Nitish) along with the saffron party has insulted the mandate,” Tejashwi told the media here. Tejashwi added the entire disturbing series of events had been planned in advance by the saffron party.
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“Nitish ji is sitting in the lap of BJP and RSS which has disappointed the people of Bihar. The public feels betrayal. If he had to ultimately go to the BJP then did he change four parties in four years,” he asserted. Meanwhile, Nitish Kumar has won the floor test with 131 votes in favour against 108. The Chief Minister was faced vote of confidence in the Bihar Legislative Assembly, to prove his majority to form the state government.
The BJP and JD (U) had issued whip to their legislators to vote in favour of the trust vote. The RJD and the Congress had also issued a similar whip to their legislators. Nitish led JD (U)-NDA government had a support of 132 MLAs. 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).
Opposition RJD has 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 has been asked to prove his majority on the floor by Governor Keshari Nath Tripathi. 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. He, however, on Thursday, took oath as Bihar Chief Minister for the sixth time, marking a historic transition of the state from a Grand Alliance government to an NDA regime.