Bihar chief minister Nitish Kumar on Wednesday won the confidence motion at a special session of Bihar Assembly to prove his majority with support of Independents and Congress MLAs. As expected, the Janata Dal-United (JD-U) government in Bihar survived after winning a trust vote in the Bihar Assembly on Wednesday, bagging the support of 126 MLAs with only 24 voting against it.
The BJP, with which the JD-U had ended its alliance last Sunday, staged a walkout and its MLAs abstained from voting. The RJD voted against the motion.
Kumar, in the capacity of the leader of the House, had moved a motion seeking vote of confidence which was put to vote after a discussion. In the 243-member House, JD(U) has 118 members, including Speaker, BJP 91, RJD 22, Congress 4, LJP and CPI one each and Independents 6.
“Nitish Kumar has taken the decision to split from the BJP due to personal enmity. What is wrong with Narendra Modi? He is a development man. The entire society is behind him. If Nitish wants, he can also come in the race (to the prime minister’s post).”
If the BJP thinks there is a wave in favour of a particular person, it is day-dreaming, Nitish Kumar said, referring to Modi. “The growth model that is being hyped is flawed. Why has Bihar BJP suddenly fallen in love with this new icon?” he said.