Bihar CM Nitish Kumar Triumphs in Floor Test, Secures Backing of 129 MLAs for BJP Coalition Governance

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  • Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar clinched a resounding victory in a floor test, with 129 Members of the Legislative Assembly (MLAs).
  • The trust vote was necessitated after Nitish Kumar, now in his ninth term as Chief Minister, forged a new government in collaboration with the BJP-led National Democratic Alliance (NDA).
  • This significant political maneuver unfolded following Nitish Kumar’s departure from the Congress-led Mahagathbandhan alliance, triggering a seismic shift in Bihar’s political landscape.
  • With the majority mark set at 122 in the 243-member assembly, Nitish Kumar and the BJP exude confidence in their ability to maintain a firm grip on power as deliberations ensue.

Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar clinched a resounding victory in a floor test, with 129 Members of the Legislative Assembly (MLAs) rallying behind his coalition with the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP).

The trust vote was necessitated after Nitish Kumar, now in his ninth term as Chief Minister, forged a new government in collaboration with the BJP-led National Democratic Alliance (NDA).

Initiating the Budget session of the Bihar Assembly on Monday, Nitish Kumar tabled a motion of confidence, effectively solidifying the mandate for his coalition government.

This significant political maneuver unfolded following Nitish Kumar’s departure from the Congress-led Mahagathbandhan alliance, triggering a seismic shift in Bihar’s political landscape.

In the midst of this transition, Bihar Governor Rajendra Arlekar underscored the Nitish Kumar-led government’s commitment to upholding the rule of law as its paramount objective. He reaffirmed, “Rule of law prevails in the state… that is the top priority of the government. To improve law and order, the strength of the police force has been increased.”

The catalyst for this trust vote stemmed from Nitish Kumar’s purported discontent after being overlooked for the convenor position in the Opposition bloc, INDIA, which he reportedly played a pivotal role in forming. His subsequent resignation as Chief Minister on January 28th set the stage for the present political scenario.

The composition of the Bihar Assembly underscores the prevailing political dynamics, with Nitish Kumar’s Janata Dal (United) holding 45 seats, bolstered by BJP’s 79 seats and Hindustani Awam Morcha-Secular’s (HAM-S) four legislators, collectively amassing 128 MLAs within the NDA coalition.

With the majority mark set at 122 in the 243-member assembly, Nitish Kumar and the BJP exude confidence in their ability to maintain a firm grip on power as deliberations ensue.

 

(With inputs from agencies)

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