Nitish Kumar wins trust vote

Published on March 12, 2015 05:30:30 AM
PTI / Patna : Backed by RJD, Congress, CPI and one Independent MLAs, the Nitish Kumar government on Wednesday won confidence vote in the Bihar Assembly amid walk out by the opposition BJP. While a total of 140 members voted in favour of the confidence motion moved by Chief Minister Nitish Kumar, there was no vote against it, Speaker Uday Narayan Choudhary announced in the Assembly. 

The confidence vote was first approved by voice vote and then on insistence of the government, which had the backing of RJD, Congress, CPI and an Independent, division was taken up. Altogether 109 JD(U) MLAs except for Jitan Ram Manjhi, 24 of RJD, 5 of Congress, one of CPI and an Independent totalling 140 voted in favour of the government. All rebel JD(U) MLAs except for Manjhi fell in line to avoid being disqualified by violating whip and voted for Nitish Kumar ministry. 

BJP, which has 87 members, walked out of the House beforehand and did not take part either in voice vote or division. Bihar Assembly has an effective strength of 233 at present with 10 vacancies. Manjhi skipped the House after raising question how whip is applicable on an unattached member. The confidence motion was put to vote after nearly four hours of debate after inaugural speech given by Governor Keshari Nath Tripathi to the joint session of the Bihar Legislature. The debate on motion presented by the chief minister went without lunch break. 

After speech of the chief minister, the Speaker first ordered voice vote and then on insistence of Vijay Chaudhary, who is leader of JD(U) Legislature party in Assembly and also of RJD Legislature party leader Abdul Bari Siddiqui, ordered for a lobby division.