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Bihar Assembly Floor Test Highlights: Nitish-led alliance wins trust vote, ‘Bihar has a given special message to nation,’ says Tejashwi

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.

By: Express Web Desk
New Delhi | Updated: August 24, 2022 10:35:48 pm
Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar and Deputy CM Tejashwi Yadav greet acting Speaker Maheshwar Hazari during special session of Bihar Legislative Assembly, in Patna, Wednesday, Aug. 24, 2022. (PTI Photo)(PTI08_24_2022_000057B)

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.

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Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar-led grand alliance won the trust vote in the state legislative assembly on Wednesday, as the Opposition BJP staged a walkout.

During the debate on the motion of confidence, Nitish said leaders like A B Vajpayee and L K Advani “treated him with respect”, and added that he had snapped ties with the BJP in 2013 “in protest against these senior leaders being sidelined.” Read More

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Thakur, who is serving his fourth term as an MLC, filed his nomination papers in presence of Chief Minister Nitish Kumar and former CM Rabri Devi, both of whom are members of the House, besides Deputy CM Tejashwi Prasad Yadav and a number of other leaders of the 'Mahagathbandhan'.

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The 'Mahagathbandhan', comprising the chief minister's JD(U), RJD, Congress and the Left, enjoys a comfortable majority in the 75-member House. (PTI)

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Sinha, after announcing his resignation and adjourning proceedings till 2 pm, had said that Narendra Narayan Yadav of the JD(U) shall be in chair in the post-lunch session.

Hazari, also of the JD(U), was later seated inside the speaker's chamber by Chief Minister Nitish Kumar and Deputy CM Tejashwi Yadav, among others. (PTI)

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