Patna: Fearing horse-trading attempt by the newly formed JD(U)-BJP government in Bihar ahead of this week’s floor test, RJD leader Tejashwi Yadav has shifted all his MLAs to his residence, in an attempt to keep his flock together. The newly-formed NDA government in the state, headed by Chief Minister Nitish Kumar, seeks a trust vote on February 12. Meanwhile, JD(U) legislators in Bihar will go into huddles this weekend ahead of the crucial vote of confidence.
#WATCH | Bihar | Luggage of RJD MLAs being brought to the official residence of party leader and former Deputy CM Tejashwi Yadav in Patna. A meeting of RJD MLAs and MLAs of mahagathbandhan was held here this evening ahead of the Floor Test. The leaders are reportedly staying back… pic.twitter.com/nrp212bYaJ
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RJD MLAs camp at Tejashwi Yadav’s house
All 77 RJD legislators will stay at the residence of Tejashwi Yadav for the next two days. During their two-day stay, the MLAs will not be allowed to use their mobile phones. While the legislators began to reach Yadav’s place in the afternoon, their luggage were brought to his residence this evening. Earlier in the day, Tejashwi had called a meeting of all his MLAs and after the meeting he asked them to come to his house with their luggage. RJD national spokesman Manoj Jha said all MLAs of the party will be putting up at the residence of Yadav until Monday when they will vote against the ruling NDA during the trust vote.
Jha’s remarks came late in the evening, hours after party legislators had reached 5, Deshratna Marg, the official bungalow allotted to Yadav as the deputy chief minister, a post he lost following the latest flip-flop by Chief Minister Nitish Kumar, the JD(U) president.
Congress MLAs in Hyderabad
Besides RJD, Congress, the second largest constituent of the ‘Mahagathbandhan’, which lost power last week, has also kept its flock together as all but three MLAs of the party in Bihar were on Sunday flown to Hyderabad amid fears of poaching by the BJP-led NDA. Congress has 19 MLAs in the state Assembly. Meanwhile, JD(U) legislators in Bihar will go into huddles this weekend ahead of the crucial trust vote to be sought by the Nitish Kumar government.
How numbers stand in Bihar
Nitish Kumar had on January 28 was sworn in as the chief minister of Bihar for a record ninth time after a dramatic about-turn, ditching the ‘Mahagathbandhan’ and the opposition bloc INDIA and forming a new government with the BJP, which he had dumped less than 18 months ago.
The newly formed NDA government will seek the trust vote on February 12, when the assembly’s budget session commences. It has a majority with 128 members supporting the BJP-JD(U) combine. The magic figure for the majority is 122 in the 243-member Bihar assembly. Following the JD(U)’s exit, the strength of the ‘Mahagathbandhan’ has come down to 114. The RJD and the Congress are part of the opposition alliance. One member of AIMIM is not supporting the alliance.