Nitish Kumar Wins Trust Vote in Bihar State Assembly
© AP Photo / Saurabh DasIn this June 5, 2013 file photo, Bihar state Chief Minister Nitish Kumar, listens to a speaker during a conference of the chief ministers of various Indian states on Internal Security in New Delhi, India.
© AP Photo / Saurabh Das
Nitish Kumar won the trust vote in the Bihar state assembly on Monday as the newly formed NDA government in the state secured 129 votes amid a walkout by the opposition.
The newly formed National Democratic Alliance (NDA) government in Bihar won a vote of confidence in the state assembly on Monday amid a walkout by opposition parties.
The final tally in favour of the Nitish Kumar-led state government was 130, eight more than the majority mark in the 243-member state assembly.
The NDA government was formed after Kumar returned to the fold after breaking the alliance with the Mahagathbandhan (grand alliance) of the Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD) and the Congress.
Earlier in the day, RJD politician Awadh Bihari Choudhary was removed as speaker when the state assembly began its proceedings. As many as 125 members voted against him, while 112 voted in his favour.
After Choudhary's removal, the assembly witnessed a fiery speech by former deputy state chief Tejashwi Yadav, who targeted Kumar for switching sides.
However, Kumar, while addressing the assembly, alleged that his former ally RJD had indulged in corrupt practices during the party's rule in the state and the new NDA-led government would launch an inquiry into it.
“There was no law and order. The RJD indulged in corrupt practices during its rule (before 2005)… I will get these probed,” he said.
Kumar took oath as Bihar chief minister for the ninth time on 28 January, after quitting the Mahagathbandhan and returning to the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP)-led NDA fold. His move is seen as a major blow to the Indian National Developmental Inclusive Alliance (I.N.D.I.A.) bloc as he was the one who united the opposition parties to take on the BJP in the 2024 Lok Sabha polls scheduled to be held in March-April.