In a significant development within the Bihar Assembly, Chief Minister Nitish Kumar’s coalition government, in partnership with the Bhartiya Janata Party (BJP), emerged victorious in a crucial trust vote. Garnering support from 129 MLAs, Kumar’s administration solidified its position, prompting the opposition to exit the state Assembly.
Key to this victory was the motion presented by BJP MLA Nandkishore Yadav to oust Bihar Assembly Speaker and RJD leader Awadh Bihari Choudhary, resulting in Chaudhary’s removal from his position.
During the proceedings, CM Nitish Kumar vehemently criticized the previous RJD regime, alleging rampant corruption and a deterioration in law and order. Kumar pledged to investigate these allegations thoroughly, emphasizing the need for accountability.
This triumph follows Kumar’s recent realignment with the NDA coalition, culminating in the formation of a new government, thereby ending his association with the ‘Mahagathbandhan’ alliance led by the Congress.
Governor Rajendra Arlekar echoed Kumar’s commitment to upholding the rule of law in Bihar, emphasizing the government’s dedication to enhancing law enforcement capabilities.
The trust vote became imperative after Kumar’s resignation from the CM post and his subsequent collaboration with the BJP-led NDA alliance. This victory solidifies his ninth term as Bihar’s chief minister.
Reports suggest that Kumar’s resignation earlier in January stemmed from his dissatisfaction with not being appointed the convenor of the opposition coalition, INDIA, which formed under his initiative.
With 45 JD(U) MLAs, 79 from BJP, and four from Hindustani Awam Morcha-Secular (HAM-S), the NDA coalition commands the support of 128 legislators, surpassing the majority threshold of 122.
Nitish Kumar’s successful trust vote underscores the stability and confidence in Bihar’s governance under his leadership, signaling a new chapter in the state’s political landscape.