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Nitish Kumar wins Bihar trust vote

Sushil Modi (left) and Nitish Kumar. Photograph: (Twitter)

WION Web Team New Delhi, Delhi, India Jul 26, 2017, 05.56 PM (IST)

Nitish Kumar has won the Bihar assembly trust vote.

131 votes were polled in his favour and 108 against. 

Nitish had always been expected to win the trust vote. 

He had needed 122 votes to cross the halfway mark and win the trust vote. 

Before the trust vote, Tejashwi Yadav, Lalu Prasad's son, had said to Nitish: "... aren't you ashamed to sit beside Sushil Modi?"

Nitish had replied, "Secularism cannot be used to justify corruption."

The earlier JD(U)-RJD alliance -- Tejashwi had been deputy chief minister under that formulation -- had been called off after Tejashwi and his mother Rabri Devi had been named in an FIR filed by the CBI accusing them of corruption.   

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Nitish was sworn in as chief minister on Thursday, after he had "resigned" -- calling off the JD(U)-RJD-Congress alliance -- on Wednesday. 

The BJP's Sushil Modi was sworn in as deputy chief minister on Thursday.

They were both congratulated by Prime Minister Narendra Modi who tweeted: "Congratulations to Nitish Kumar ji and Sushi Modi ji. Looking forward to working together for Bihar's progress and prosperity." 

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"My decision is in Bihar's interest and for its development," Nitish Kumar said after being sworn in as Bihar CM

His new deputy Sushil Modi said development would be a priority under the new regime.  

"Development will be a priority, will take Bihar to greater heights," ANI reported him as saying.   

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"We have submitted a letter with support of 132 MLAs. We have been given the time of 10 am, today, for swearing in," Sushil Modi had on Wednesday told ANI.

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Nitish Kumar resigned unexpectedly on Wednesday. A little later, it was announced that the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) and the Janata Dal United (JDU) would form the new government in Bihar. 

Hours after Nitish stepped down, Sushil Modi, Nityanand Rai and other BJP MLAs reached Kumar's residence for a meeting of JDU-BJP MLAs to stake their claim to form the government in Bihar.

Nitish Kumar, Sushil Modi and other BJP, JD(U) leaders met Bihar Governor KN Tripathi late Wednesday night.

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Former deputy chief minister Tejashwi Yadav however said they too would stake their claim to form a government in the state. 

ANI reported that Tejashwi Yadav along with an RJD delegation would meet Bihar Governor KN Tripathi at 11 am on Thursday to stake their claim.

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But news then broke that Nitish would be sworn in again as chief minister at 10 am, with Sushil Modi as deputy CM.

Tejashwi, along with other RJD members, marched towards the governor's residence to stage a protest over the sudden change in timing of the oath-taking ceremony for Nitish Kumar; it had earlier been scheduled for 5 pm.

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The BJP earlier had declared 'unconditional support' for Nitish.

"Nityanand Rai ji and I called Nitish ji. The BJP has decided to support him. We will support the government formed under him. We will inform the governor also," BJP leader Sushil Modi told ANI.

Speaking to reporters after meeting the governor, Nitish Kumar said: "I sought Tejashwi's expulsion, it is not possible to continue the alliance."

"I have tendered my resignation to the governor, he has accepted my resignation and asked me to continue working till the next development," he declared.

Also read: Bihar chief minister Nitish Kumar resigns, PM Modi congratulates him

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