On Thursday, after taking oath as the Chief Minister of Bihar for the 6th time, Nitish Kumar is all set to face the trust vote in the Assembly today in a daylong session starting from 11 AM. On the other side, once a part of ‘mahagathbandhan’, Lalu Prasad Yadav’s RJD which had earlier claimed a support of many legislators from JD(U), currently struggles for the conscience vote.
Nitish Kumar who is back in power with Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) claims to enjoy a support of at least 132 legislators in an assembly of 243 members.
Many RJD leaders were missing from the swearing-in ceremony of Nitish Kumar as the CM by allying with BJP, saying that the Governor did not take note of the request of calling the single largest party to form the government in the state.
In the Assembly of 243, the RJD has 80 MLAs, JD(U) 71, Congress 27 and CPI (M-L) 3. This was the Grand Alliance.
Post the swearing-in on Thursday, the NDA alliance submitted a list of 132 MLAs to the Governor — JD(U)’s 71, BJP 53, RLSP 2, LJP 2, HAM 1 and Independents 3.
While speaking to NDTV, Sushil Kumar Modi said that they will win 40 out of 40 Lok Sabha seats in Bihar with the icon of Narendra Modi and development icon of Nitish Kumar.
Addressing the media after taking oath, Nitish said, “I took the decision to form the new government in the interest of Bihar… I am committed to the development of Bihar.”
“I am confident that the pace of progress of the state will gain fresh momentum with assistance from the Centre”, he added.
Nitish Kumar has been caught up in a barrage of criticism from Lalu Yadav and the Congress over calling-off the alliance to get back with old ally — BJP. Congress and RJD are accusing Nitish of being opportunistic and breaking the trust of the people who gave him the mandate.
Following the Governor’s decision to allow Nitish Kumar to stake claim to form government, Lalu’s party had filed an appeal in the court alleging that being the single largest party in the assembly, they should have been given the opportunity to form the next government.
Nitish Kumar — who had always vouched for a corruption free nation — had tendered his resignation on Wednesday from the post of CM of Bihar after Lalu Prasad Yadav had said that his son — Deputy Chief Minister Tejaswi Yadav, who faces corruption charges — will not step down from the post.
On Nitish’s fight against corruption, Prime Minister Narendra Modi praised him and offered support. Later that night, Nitish Kumar and Sushil Modi met the Governor and staked claim to form government.