Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar and the ‘reborn’ Janata Dal (United) – BJP government sailed through a trust vote on Monday afternoon, after protests – former Deputy Chief Minister Tejashwi Yadav’s Rashtriya Janata Dal, Congress and the Left Front – walked out of the assembly.
The final score was 130-0 in favor of the JDU-BJP alliance, which also managed to flip three votes from Mr Yadav’s RJD. The majority figure was 122 in the 243-member assembly.
There was a lot of drama earlier today after Nitish Kumar formally sought the support of the Assembly.
A furious Tejashwi Yadav took a sarcastic taunt at his former ally and reminded his new ally – Prime Minister Narendra Modi and the BJP.with a coat Kumar’s label.
“Can PM Modi ‘guarantee’ he won’t flip again?” Mr Yadav asked for approval from party members. Mr Yadav also demanded Nitish Kumar to explain his actions to the people of Bihar.
“When you resigned and came out of the Raj Bhavan you said”Mann nahi lag raha tha… we are going to dance to the song. (You said you weren’t ‘enjoying’… are we here to entertain you)? We were there to support you,” he fumes.
“… But he was sworn in three times in one term. It’s something we’ve never seen before.”
Mr Yadav also hit out at the decision to award former Bihar Chief Minister Karpuri Thakur – a mentor to Nitish Kumar and RJD chief Lalu Prasad Yadav – suggesting the honor was part of a “deal”.
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“I am happy that Karpuri Thakur got Bharat Ratna. They (BJP) made a deal… ‘Come with us and we will give Bharat Ratna to you (JDU)’…” declared Tejashwi Yadav.
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Mr. Thakur was a respected socialist leader who served as chief minister twice in the 1970s, and is credited with implementing the state’s controversial liquor prohibition policy. I remember it even today.People’s hero‘, or ‘leader of the people’, Karpuri Thakur’s legacy remains a valuable asset for political parties even today.
After Mr. Yadav’s speech, his RJD, Congress and Left Front – all former allies of Nitish Kumar’s previous government – walked out of the assembly.
Earlier Awadh Bihari Chaudhary was removed from the post of Speaker; He failed his own no-confidence motion, with 125 members voting to dismiss him. Mr Chaudhary is from the RJD, which Nitish Kumar dumped less than two years after he severed ties with the BJP last month.
Nitish Kumar took oath as Chief Minister for the ninth time last month Grand Alliance – RJD’s alliance – “wasn’t right”. Sources, however, said he was more upset about the India Bloc’s lack of election preparation. He was also reportedly upset at being snubbed as a potential PM face.
As a result, Nitish Kumar scolded Grand Alliance And formed a new government together with India and BJP. Often mocked”with a coat Kumar”, to his many flip-flops, the Bihar chief minister met PM Modi in Delhi last week, after which he said he would “never” leave the party-led NDA again.
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Nitish Kumar’s departure from India has left the bloc – formed last year to unite the opposition and defeat the BJP – on the brink of collapse, with Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee and the Aam Aadmi Party both saying they want to go their separate ways, for now.
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