Bihar floor test live updates: Nitish Kumar and Sushil Kumar Modi wave at gathering after they were sworn in as Bihar Chief Minister and Dy Chief Minister respectively. (Source: PTI Photo)
A day after Nitish Kumar was sworn in as Bihar Chief Minister with NDA’s backing, the JD(U)-BJP alliance will prove its majority in a floor test on Friday. The trust vote is critical since former coalition partners Rashtriya Janata Dal and Congress have 80 and 27 MLAs respectively. JD(U) with its own 71 MLAs in the Assembly, also enjoys the support of 53 BJP MLAs and 8 others.
Former deputy chief minister Tejashwi Yadav claimed on Thursday that they had the numbers to form the government. He also reiterated father Lalu Prasad Yadav’s claim that Nitish had “wrongfully contained” several JD(U) MLAs.
After resigning as the chief minister of the Grand Alliance amid corruption allegations against the RJD leaders, Nitish accepted the NDA support to form a new government in Bihar. This prompted a series of allegations from the Opposition accusing Nitish of political opportunism since he had earlier criticised BJP and Narendra Modi during the 2015 Bihar Assembly elections.
Bihar floor test LIVE updates:
11.30 am: “We have 80 MLAs, Nitish ji knew he could not have removed me,” Tejashwi Yadav said in the assembly. He said he has been used as a pawn. “Nitish Kumar had planned to go with the BJP well in advance,” Tejashwi said.
11.25 am: “People of Bihar have suffered immensely”, says RJD leader Tejashwi Yadav in the assembly. Media reports say that both sides are shouting at each other in the house after Tejashwi told Sushil Modi to be “ashamed”of what he has done.
11.20 am: According to media reports, Tejashwi Yadav is currently addressing the Bihar Assembly. Earlier in the day, in-charge of Congress state unit CP Joshi had chaired a meeting of Congress MLAs in Patna.
CP Joshi chaired a meeting of Congress MLAs in Patna on Friday morning.(Source: ANI_News/Twitter)
11.15 am: Earlier in the day, Neeraj Kumar of JD(U) had expressed confidence that CM Nitish well get a full majority today. “Politics is about serving people, it’s not a medium to collect money or property,” he told ANI.
11.10 am: Patna High Court has said that a hearing on petition challenging formation of new government by Nitish Kumar’s JDU with BJP is not possible before July 31. Two petitions had been filed in the Patna HC, one by Jitender Kumar and the second by Rashtriya Janata Dal legislator Saroj Yadav and Chandan Kumar Verma.
11.05 am: RJD leader Bhola Singh informed reporters outside the Bihar assembly that there is no rift between the RJD and the Congresss. It is just just JD(U) who has brought a split in the Grand Alliance, he said.
11 am: RJD is expected to move a no-confidence vote in the Assembly. The trust vote is critical since former coalition partners Rashtriya Janata Dal and Congress have 80 and 27 MLAs respectively.
10.55 am: Commenting on RJD’s claim that it has the numbers to form the government, JD(U) national spokesperson K C Tyagi said on Thursday, “They should stop making tall claims and if they really have the numbers, let them prove it in the floor test. We have our numbers and we will prove it.”
10.50 am: Former Deputy CM of Bihar Tejashwi Yadav has reached the Bihar Assembly. Tejashwi had questioned the “haste” with which Nitish Kumar was invited to form the next government. “I entered in govt with a clean slate with a keen desire of writing a positive story for people of Bihar, only to find an opportunist rival,” Tejashwi had tweeted on Thursday.
10.45 am: With the floor test about to begin, RJD MLAs are protesting outside Bihar assembly. On Thursday, members of RJD had boycotted the swearing-in ceremony, saying the Governor had not taken any note of their request of calling the single largest party to form the government.
RJD MLAs protesting outside Bihar Assembly. (Source: ANI_News/Twitter)
10.40 am: Bihar Deputy Chief Minister Sushil Kumar Modi reaches Bihar assembly for the floor test. Modi took oath as the Deputy CM of the state on Thursday. He has previously served at the same post from 2005 to 2013.
Dy CM Sushil Kumar arrives. (Source: ANI_News/Twitter)
10.35 am: BJP leader Mangal Pandey has expressed confidence that the NDA alliance will win the trust vote. “It is very clear that we will win trust vote as we have support of 132 MLAs,”he told ANI.
10.30 am: Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar arrives at the Bihar Assembly for the floor test.
Bihar CM Nitish Kumar arrives at the Assembly. (Source: ANI_News/Twitter)
10.20 am: Security personnel have been stationed at the Bihar Assembly, ahead of the floor test.
10.15 am: Ajay Alok of the JD(U) said that there has been no statement from Sharad Yadav’s side. “No leader is unhappy. Ali Anwar issued a statement but he has also said that this is not a revolt and that he will speak in party forum,”Ajay Alok told ANI.
10.00 am: There has been a rift in JD(U) caused by Nitish’s decision to return to NDA fold. JD(U) MP Ali Anwar said on Thursday his conscience does not approve of Nitish Kumar’s decision to form a government with NDA. He said, “Though Nitish ji’s decision to form a government with BJP was his call of conscience, my conscience doesn’t allow me to support this move.” Kerala JDU president Veerendra Kumar and Ali Anwar meet Sharad Yadav to express their displeasure.