In a significant victory for Chief Minister Nitish Kumar's government, the National Democratic Alliance (NDA) emerged victorious in a floor test held in the Bihar Assembly, securing a resounding mandate with a vote count of 129-0.
The outcome of the floor test, conducted two weeks after Nitish Kumar's rejoining of the NDA, solidifies his position as the leader of Bihar's political landscape. The trust vote reaffirms the stability and confidence in the NDA-led administration.
Earlier in the Assembly proceedings, a pivotal moment unfolded as the Speaker of the House, and Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD) leader Awadh Bihari Choudhary, was ousted by a margin of 125 to 112 votes. The dismissal of Choudhary underscored the shifting political dynamics within the state.
Amidst the deliberations, a surprising development occurred when three members of the RJD were spotted among the ruling party benches, signaling a setback for the opposition. Tejashwi Yadav, the RJD's leader, raised objections to this unexpected seating arrangement during the proceedings.
Nitish Kumar's journey to securing the chief ministerial position for the ninth time has been marked by strategic alliances and political maneuvers. Last month, he assumed office once again, forming a new government with the support of the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) after severing ties with the Mahagathbandhan and the INDIA bloc.
The floor test also witnessed deliberations on a no-confidence motion against Speaker Awadh Bihari Chaudhary, who remained steadfast despite his party's loss of power. The parliamentary debate reflected the tug-of-war between the ruling and opposition factions.
Ahead of the crucial trust vote, intensive discussions ensued within both the ruling coalition and the opposition camp. The Janata Dal (United) (JD-U) issued a three-line whip mandating the attendance of all MLAs during the test, emphasizing the significance of the event.
Nitish Kumar's decision to resign as chief minister earlier in January, citing dissatisfaction with the prevailing circumstances under the Mahagathbandhan, marked a pivotal moment in Bihar's political landscape. His subsequent realignment with the NDA underscored his commitment to governance and responsiveness to evolving political dynamics.
In sum, Nitish Kumar's triumph in the floor test reaffirms the NDA's mandate and sets the stage for continued governance and development initiatives in Bihar.