The new Grand Alliance government in Bihar won the trust vote with ease on Wednesday with JD(U) leader and Chief Minister Nitish Kumar launching a sharp attack against his former ally BJP, accusing it of “trying to finish” his party since the 2020 polls leading to his decision to break their tie-up. Nitish also said that he had “no ambition other than serving Bihar”. Reacting to the results, Deputy CM Tejashwi Yadav said Bihar has given a special message to the nation through the result of the confidence vote.
The government won the trust motion with 160 votes in its favour and none against as the Opposition BJP, with a strength of 77 MLAs, staged a walkout before voting began. All the seven non-BJP parties in the 243-member Assembly voted in favour of the government — four MLAs were not present. The session was presided over by Deputy Speaker Maheshwar Hazari after Speaker Vijay Kumar Sinha, a senior BJP leader, resigned from the post before the vote.
During the debate on the motion of confidence, Nitish Kumar said that the Central government is taking credit for state government schemes. He alleged that Har Ghar Jal was a state government’s scheme. “The scheme for roads in rural areas was launched under Atal Bihari Vajpayee govt. You are kids, please learn. This govt at centre does not deserve credit for this,” he said.