The newly formed NDA government in Bihar successfully secured a vote of confidence in the Bihar State Assembly on February 12, despite the walkout by members of the Mahagathbandhan coalition. With a total of 243 members in the Assembly, 129 voted in favor of the motion of confidence, marking a significant victory for Chief Minister Nitish Kumar and his allies.
During the voting process, Deputy Speaker Maheshwar Hazari presided over the proceedings. Initially, the motion was declared passed through a voice vote. However, upon the request of State Parliamentary Affairs Minister Vijay Kumar Chaudhary, seconded by Chief Minister Nitish Kumar, a headcount was ordered to ensure transparency in the voting process.
Chief Minister Nitish Kumar‘s decision to rejoin the NDA fold and form a government with the support of the BJP marked a significant political shift. His departure from the Mahagathbandhan, which included the RJD as a key constituent, raised questions and uncertainties within the political landscape of Bihar.
During the debate preceding the vote, Nitish Kumar accused the RJD of engaging in corrupt practices during its previous tenure in the state government. He emphasized that the newly formed NDA-led government would launch investigations into these allegations. Furthermore, Nitish Kumar highlighted instances of communal riots and deteriorating law and order during the RJD’s rule, vowing to address these issues with urgency.
In response, RJD leader Tejashwi Yadav expressed his disappointment over Nitish Kumar’s decision to abandon the Mahagathbandhan alliance. Tejashwi Yadav, acknowledging Nitish Kumar as a significant political figure, compared him to the character Dashrath from the epic Ramayan. However, he expressed confusion and dismay over the reasons behind Nitish Kumar’s departure from their political coalition.
The outcome of the floor test solidified Nitish Kumar’s position as the Chief Minister of Bihar and underscored the shifting dynamics within the state’s political landscape. The victory for the NDA government signifies a new chapter in Bihar’s political trajectory, with Nitish Kumar at the helm, promising accountability, transparency, and a renewed focus on governance.
Moving forward, the NDA government faces the formidable task of addressing the state’s pressing challenges, including economic development, social welfare, and the restoration of law and order. Nitish Kumar’s leadership will be closely scrutinized as he navigates the complexities of governance and seeks to fulfill the aspirations of the people of Bihar.