Nitish Kumar wins Bihar floor test 131 to 108
Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar arrives at the Bihar Assembly for the trust vote. Photograph: (ANI)
Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar today won the confidence motion in the Bihar Assembly to prove the majority of his new government. 131 legislators voted in favour of his government and 108 against, comfortably crossing 122 votes to win the trust vote.
The JD(U) chief was sworn in as chief minister on Thursday, just one day after he resigned as chief minister, called off the "grand alliance" of his party, the JD(U) with the Congress and the RJD, and allied his party with the BJP. The JD(U) chief resigned as chief minister after RJD chief Lalu Prasad said his son Tejashwi Yadav would not step down as deputy chief minister despite the alleged corruption charges against him.
Tejashwi Yadav spoke first on the confidence motion, slamming Nitish Kumar for dumping the Grand Alliance and joining hands with former ally, the BJP. "The mandate to the mahagathbandhan (grand alliance) was of the people. Today the BJP and Nitish Kumar have insulted the mandate," Tejashwi Yadav said after Nitish Kumar said after the trust vote. He had spoken first on the confidence motion, slamming Nitish Kumar for dumping the Grand Alliance and joining hands with former ally, the BJP.
The JD(U)'s 71 MLAs and the BJP's 53, gave the alliance a support of 124 legislators in the 243-member assembly. They also had the support of seven others, bringing the total to 131 legislators.
Former coalition partners, the RJD and the Congress, had 80 and 27 lawmakers on their side.
The RJD has appealed the Bihar governor’s invitation to JDU and NDA to form the government and Nitish Kumar's appointment as chief minister.
It has also called for a "conscience vote," a secret ballot in which legislators are not bound to vote for their party.
Here are the live updates:
People of Bihar will teach them a lesson; when they couldn't answer my questions in assembly, then how will they answer the people?:Tejashwi pic.twitter.com/1057HXIRUJ— ANI (@ANI_news) July 28, 2017
Asked several questions in assembly today, but BJP & Nitish Kumar had no answers to them: Tejashwi Yadav after #NitishKumar wins floor test— ANI (@ANI_news) July 28, 2017
The mandate to the mahagathbandhan (grand alliance) was of the people. Today the BJP and Nitish Kumar have insulted the mandate: Tejashwi Yadav
The people's verdict was not to safeguard benami (illegal) transactions. It was not for becoming the owner of 26 benami properties: Deputy Chief Minister Sushil Modi
Would like to thank Congress and RJD, if Tejashwi had resigned I would not have been here: Sushil Modi,Bihar Deputy CM said in assembly— ANI (@ANI_news) July 28, 2017
The government will move forward, work for the welfare of the people of Bihar. We will not tolerate corruption and injustice: Nitish Kumar
The chair is not for misusing political power but for service: Nitish Kumar
Secularism should not be used to justify corruption, Nitish Kumar says in Bihar Assembly ahead of trust vote
Yogi & some BJP leaders have serious cases registered against them, Nitish ji will you ask all of them to resign?:Tejashwi Yadav in assembly— ANI (@ANI_news) July 28, 2017
Nitish ji aren't you ashamed to sit beside Sushil Modi: Tejashwi Yadav
Which thought process, what morality, the world wants to know, Nitish Kumar: Tejashwi Yadav in Bihar Assembly
If it's a question of image, then the entire country knows what grounds Nitish Kumar has: Former Bihar Chief Minister Tejashwi Yadav
We have 80 MLAs, Nitish ji knew he could not have removed me: Tejashwi Yadav in the assembly. #Bihar— ANI (@ANI_news) July 28, 2017
#Bihar floor test: RJD leader Tejashwi Yadav says in the assembly "People of Bihar have suffered immensely"— ANI (@ANI_news) July 28, 2017