NDA Government Led by Nitish Kumar Wins Bihar Floor Test
The NDA government, headed by Chief Minister Nitish Kumar, emerged victorious in the Bihar floor test on Monday, securing the support of 129 MLAs. This vote of confidence came amidst a walkout by the Opposition. Notably, three Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD) MLAs also voted in favor of Nitish Kumar, leading to cross voting.
The coalition government clinched the floor test with a comfortable 129 majority, as confirmed by Deputy Speaker Maheshwar Hazari. All 129 votes were in favor of the motion, with none against it, resulting in the passage of the trust vote.
An unexpected twist occurred as three RJD MLAs – Chetan Anand, Neelam Devi, and Prahlad Yadav – crossed over to join the National Democratic Alliance (NDA) in the State Assembly. This move drew criticism from RJD leader Bhai Virendra, who suggested that the public might not support these MLAs in future elections.
During his address to the Assembly, Nitish Kumar criticized his former Mahagathbandhan ally, the RJD, accusing them of engaging in corrupt practices during their rule in Bihar. He vowed that the NDA government would launch an investigation into these alleged malpractices.
Prior to the floor test, the Bihar assembly passed a no-confidence motion against Bihar Assembly Speaker and RJD leader Awadh Bihari Choudhary. The motion received 125 votes in favor from the ruling alliance and 112 against. The sight of the three RJD MLAs sitting with the treasury benches added to the drama in the Assembly, causing a setback to the Opposition.
Responding to this, former Bihar Deputy Chief Minister and RJD leader Tejashwi Yadav emphasized the importance of MLAs sitting in their designated seats until the end of voting to ensure the validity of the process.
Nitish Kumar’s recent resignation as chief minister on January 28, following his discontent over not being named the convenor of the INDIA Opposition bloc, added intrigue to the political landscape. The JD(U), along with its allies BJP and HAM-S, holds the majority in the state assembly, securing 128 MLAs, well above the required majority mark of 122.
In summary, the NDA government’s successful outcome in the Bihar floor test solidifies Nitish Kumar’s position as Chief Minister, while the Opposition faces challenges in regrouping and strategizing for future political battles.