Patna: Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar will look to prove his majority on the floor of the house in the Assembly today, days after he was sworn in once again. In another turning point recently, he had led JD(U) to switch sides with the BJP-led National Democratic Alliance (NDA), after breaking away from Grand Alliance. Governor Rajendra Vishwanath Arlekar had asked him to prove his majority on the floor of the Assembly, soon after he claimed to have a majority in the Assembly.
Before this, he was leading a Grand Alliance Government in the state of which Congress and the Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD) were also part. Because RJD leader and former state chief minister Tejashwi Yadav had vowed not to let the new government win the trust vote easily, all eyes will be on the state Assembly.
RJD MLAs camping at Tejashwi Yadav’s residence since Saturday
Notably, even as RJD MLAs have been camping at Yadav’s residence since Saturday night, Congress is also keeping a close guard on their MLAs, who were shifted to Hyderabad. After returning to Patna, the Congress MLAs are expected to reach the Assembly along with their RJD colleagues during the day. On the other hand, the BJP also shifted their MLAs to Bodh Gaya, even as the party maintained that they were sent there for some training. JD (U) did not shift its MLAs anywhere.
While there are a total of 243 seats in the state Assembly, the majority mark is 122. Importantly, the NDA alliance is comfortably placed with 128 seats. Of them, the BJP has 78, JD(U) has 45, Hindustani Awam Morcha (HAM) has 4 seats, and an independent MLA. Parties like JD(U) and HAM have also issued whip to their party MLAs asking them to be present in the Assembly during the floor test.
The session will begin with an address by the governor
The session will begin after the joint address of both Houses by the governor. His address will be followed by a no-confidence notice against Speaker Awadh Bihari Chaudhary, who had refused to resign and said he would conduct proceedings as per the rules. After this, the trust vote will start.
Recently, CPI(ML) leader Mehboob Alam met HAM chief Jitan Ram Manjhi which led to speculations that the Grand Alliance was trying to bring the party into its fold. However, later Alam clarified that it was just a courtesy visit.