Bihar Floor Test Today Live Updates: Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar won the floor test 130-0 in the Assembly Monday, even as one-time ally Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD)– led by Tejashwi Yadav– walked out of the House. The trust vote happened two weeks after Nitish jumped allegiance from the Mahagathbandhan (Grand Alliance) — a JD(U), RJD and Congress alliance — to the NDA bloc. During the session, three Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD) MLAs (Prahlad Yadav, Neelam Devi and Chetan Anand) switched over to the NDA bloc. Speaking in the Assembly, Nitish Kumar said that the RJD was trying to take credit for the initiatives he had started. He also alleged that for 15 years, the Lalu Prasad-Rabri Devi governments had not done anything for Bihar development.
Ahead of the vote, a no-confidence motion against Speaker Awadh Bihari Choudhary was taken up and passed by the Assembly, with 125 members voting in favour of the ouster. In lead up to the test on Monday, the Congress flew its MLAs to Hyderabad last week amid concerns of ‘poaching’, while RJD’s MLAs decided to stay together in Tejashwi Yadav’s house, and BJP leader Nityanand Rai claimed all 78 MLAs of the saffron party were at a hotel in Patna. The JD(U) of Nitish Kumar also got 40 of its MLAs to stay at another hotel in the state capital.
How do the number stack up? As of now, the NDA government led by Chief Minister Nitish Kumar looks confident of winning the trust vote. In a 243-member Bihar Assembly, the magic number for a majority is 122. The NDA government claims to have a majority, with 128 members supporting the BJP-JD(U) alliance, while the strength of the ‘Mahagathbandhan’ has been reduced to 114.