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Bihar floor test: Chief Minister Nitish Kumar wins vote of confidence as Opposition leaves

Patna (News Trust of India) : Nitish Kumar became Bihar’s Chief Minister for the eighth time, expressing unhappiness with the situation in the Grand Alliance. Sources said that he was unhappy because there was not enough clarity in the INDIA bloc’s election preparations and he felt ignored as a potential contender for Prime Minister.

In an important political event, the NDA government led by Chief Minister Nitish Kumar achieved a clear win in the Bihar floor test held on Monday (February 12), with a noteworthy 129 MLAs supporting the NDA-led alliance.

Prior to the no-trust vote, a resolution to remove Bihar Assembly Speaker and RJD leader Awadh Bihari Choudhary was set in motion and was carried by the State Assembly, leading to the removal of the Speaker from his position. The proposal received support from 125 MLAs, while 112 MLAs voted against it, which is an important moment in the political scene.

Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD) leader Tejashwi Yadav increased his criticism of the NDA-JD(U) partnership, doubting the stability of Nitish Kumar’s political loyalty. He spoke directly to Prime Minister Narendra Modi, asking for assurance that Nitish Kumar will not change sides again, and saying that the people of Bihar were keen to know the reasons behind these political changes.

Meanwhile, three Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD) MLAs – Chetan Anand, Neelam Devi, and Prahlad Yadav – made a smart decision to join the National Democratic Alliance (NDA) in Bihar.

On Sunday, high-ranking police officers went to Tejashwi Yadav’s house after receiving a complaint concerning the reported disappearance of RJD MLA Chetan Anand. A video showing Chetan Anand playing cricket at Tejashwi’s apartment had leaked, triggering the visit.

The BJP, with 78 seats, JDU with 45, and HAM with four, make up the current Bihar administration, led by Chief Minister Nitish Kumar. An Independent MLA holds the remaining seat. The opposition, consisting of RJD and Congress, combined possesses 114 seats.

On January 28, Nitish Kumar became Bihar’s Chief Minister for the eighth time, expressing unhappiness with the situation in the Grand Alliance. Sources indicated his discontent stemmed from a lack of clarity in the INDIA bloc’s electoral preparations and being snubbed as a potential Prime Ministerial candidate.

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