JDU-BJP Coalition Secures Bihar Trust Vote as Opposition Walks Out

GG News Bureau
Patna, 12th Feb.
 In a decisive victory for the Janata Dal (United)-BJP alliance government in Bihar, Chief Minister Nitish Kumar secured a resounding trust vote, with the opposition – comprised of the Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD), Congress, and the Left Front – staging a walkout from the Assembly.

The trust vote yielded a final tally of 130-0 in favor of the JDU-BJP alliance, with three votes previously aligned with the RJD switching sides. The majority mark in the 243-member Assembly stood at 122, firmly endorsing the ruling coalition.

Earlier in the day, amidst high drama, Chief Minister Nitish Kumar formally sought the Assembly’s support, triggering a fiery exchange with ex-Deputy Chief Minister Tejashwi Yadav of the RJD. Yadav, in a scathing address, taunted Nitish Kumar over his recent political realignments, labeling him “paltu Kumar” (the one who flips).

Challenging the Prime Minister Narendra Modi-led BJP’s trust in Nitish Kumar, Tejashwi Yadav questioned, “Can PM Modi ‘guarantee’ he won’t flip again?” His speech drew cheers from party members as he demanded accountability from Nitish Kumar for his actions.

Tejashwi Yadav also criticized the decision to confer the Bharat Ratna on former Bihar Chief Minister Karpoori Thakur, insinuating political motives behind the honor.

Following Yadav’s impassioned speech, the RJD, Congress, and the Left Front, erstwhile allies of Nitish Kumar, walked out of the Assembly.

The trust vote came amidst the removal of Speaker Awadh Bihari Choudhary, who faced a no-confidence motion, highlighting the shifting dynamics in Bihar politics. Nitish Kumar, now in his ninth term as Chief Minister, recently severed ties with the mahagathbandhan alliance, opting to form a new government with the BJP.

Nicknamed “paltu Kumar” for his political maneuvering, Nitish Kumar’s decision to align with the BJP has ramifications beyond Bihar, as it has left the opposition bloc on the brink of dissolution.

The political landscape in Bihar continues to evolve, with Nitish Kumar’s realignment reshaping alliances and potentially impacting national opposition unity efforts.

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