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Nitish Kumar wins Bihar floor test 131 to 108

Nitish Kumar wins Bihar floor test 131 to 108

Contrary to fears, no cross-voting took place during the show of strength.

While 14 ministers belonged to the JD (U), the rest 13 were from the NDA. However, the request was turned down.

Nitish led JD (U)-NDA government had a support of 132 MLAs. RJD walkout from the House and the proceedings of the House have been postponed.

After securing the necessary votes to form a new government in Bihar with RJD and Congress as the new opposition party, Kumar ripped into his former allies saying he could not just sit and watch leaders taking corruption to a new height while all the time hiding behind the mask of secularism.

Ultimately, it is all to do with politics, not what is best for the people of Bihar, some 70 percent of whom are below the poverty line. Acknowledging that the party has to field and back corruption-free candidates, a senior spokesperson of the party said, "It is true that Bihar's political development is a lesson for us".

Calling Kumar "ranchhor" (deserter), the former deputy CM accused Kumar of wasting 4 years of the state only for making his image. "I ensure that our commitment is towards the people of Bihar", he said. One key reason for this could be the feeling across parties that RJD leader Lalu Prasad Yadav's son Tejashwi Yadav should have resigned - almost 70% of RJD voters feel that Tejashwi should have resigned to keep the alliance together.

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The Lok Jan Shakti Party, led by Union Minister Ram Vilas Paswan, will join the Nitish Kumar government in Bihar. Nitish Kumar had met both Sonia and Rahul urging them to convince Tejaswi Yadav to resign. Now, it would be interesting to see whether the two JD (U) leaders meet.

The motion was moved by Mr Kumar this morning. It is one thing to confront an electoral setback such as the Uttar Pradesh assembly outcome or even the NDA's resounding win in the presidential election.

Nitish Kumar on Wednesday resigned as the Chief Minister, dumping Grand Alliance partners Rashtriya Janata Dal and the Congress.

The RJD said Nitish would have lost the trust vote "had there been a secret ballot". The polls had thrown up a hung assembly and it came upon the then Governor VC Pande to explore the process of government formation with the contesting political parties. While Kejriwal blames the Central government for not allowing him the autonomy to take decisions to fulfil the promises, the main criticism against him is that he is too ambitious and instead of focussing in Delhi as the Chief Minister, he aspires for a bigger role.

"These people have arrogance, and ego... they tried to undermine one party", he said while referring to several RJD leaders who attacked him in the last 20 months. But whatever were the arithmetical calculations of the chief minister, what deftness or quick thinking did the Congress or Lalu Yadav display?

Kumar had on July 26 dumped the previous ministry comprising the JD (U), the RJD and the Congress and joined hands with the BJP to form the new government.


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