Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar and the 'born again' Janata Dal (United)-BJP government passed a confidence vote on Monday afternoon, after the opposition – former Deputy Prime Minister Tejashwi Yadav's Rashtriya Janata Dal, the Congress and the Left Front – left the Meeting.
The final score was 130-0 in favor of the JDU-BJP alliance, which also managed to flip three votes from Mr Yadav's RJD. The majority figure in the 243-member General Assembly was set at 122.
Earlier today, there was a lot of drama after Nitish Kumar formally sought the support of the Assembly.
An irate Tejashwi Yadav unleashed a barrage of sarcastic taunts and swipes at his erstwhile ally, reminding his new partner – Prime Minister Narendra Modi and the BJP – of the 'paltu Kumar' label.
“Can PM Modi 'guarantee' that he won't freak out again?” Mr Yadav sought approval from the party members. Mr Yadav also demanded that Nitish Kumar explain his actions to the people of Bihar.
“When you came out of Raj Bhavan after your resignation, you said,mann nhi lag raha tha'… hum log nachnegaane ke liye thode hai (you said you didn't 'enjoy' it… are we there to entertain you)? We were there to support you,” he raged.
“… but he took the oath three times in one term. We have never seen this before.”
Mr Yadav also lashed out at the decision to reward former Bihar Chief Minister Karpoori Thakur – mentor of Nitish Kumar and RJD patriarch Lalu Prasad Yadav – suggesting the honor was part of a 'deal'.
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“I am happy that Karpoori Thakur has been given Bharat Ratna. They (the BJP) have made a deal… 'come with us and we will give you (the JDU) a Bharat Ratna'…” Tejashwi Yadav stated.
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Mr Thakur was an iconic socialist leader who served as chief minister twice in the 1970s and is credited with implementing the state's controversial alcohol ban policy. Still remembered today as 'jan naked', or 'leader of the people', Karpoori Thakur's legacy remains a valuable asset for political parties today.
After Mr Yadav's speech, his RJD, Congress and the Left Front – all former allies of the erstwhile Nitish Kumar government – walked out of the Assembly.
Earlier, Awadh Bihari Choudhary was removed as chairman; he failed to table a vote of no confidence, with 125 members voting to dismiss him. Mr Choudhary is from the RJD, which was dumped by Nitish Kumar last month, less than two years after he severed ties with the BJP.
Nitish Kumar took oath as chief minister for the ninth time last month mahagathbandhan – the alliance the RJD – was “not right”. Sources, however, said he was more upset over the lack of preparation for the elections by the INDIA bloc. He was also reportedly angry at being rejected as a possible prime ministerial face.
As a result, Nitish Kumar dropped the mahagathbandan and INDIA and formed a new government together with the BJP. Often derided as “paltu Kumar”, for his many flip-flops, the Bihar chief minister met Prime Minister Modi in Delhi last week after which he said he would “never” leave the party-led NDA again.
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Nitish Kumar's departure from INDIA has left the bloc – formed last year to unite the opposition and defeat the BJP – on the brink of disintegration, after Bengal Prime Minister Mamata Banerjee and the Aam Aadmi Party both said they plan were going their own way. for now.
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