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HindustanTimes Sun,20 Apr 2014

Nitish Kumar to seek vote of confidence today

Anirban Guha Roy , Hindustan Times  Patna, June 18, 2013
First Published: 22:01 IST(18/6/2013) | Last Updated: 07:35 IST(19/6/2013)

Three years after a landslide win in 2010 November polls, chief minister Nitish Kumar would be seeking a vote of confidence of his government in a special house session convened on Wednesday after the formal break up of ties between the JD(U) and BJP on Sunday.

While the JD(U) led government is expected to win the motion, those expected to vote against it would be the ally turned foe the BJP and the RJD. In the 243-member house, any coalition seeking majority needs the support of 122 MLAs.

The JD(U) has the requisite number besides the support of four independents to add to 118 MLAs of its own.

Besides, the JD(U) has also received a shot in the arm with all indications that the Congress, having four MLAs, is likely to abstain from voting setting off speculations of the JD(U) coming closer to the national party.

Prime Minister Manmohan Singh also called Nitish Kumar 'secular' on Monday during the induction ceremony of eight new ministers in the UPA Cabinet.

The LJP and CPI with one MLA each are likely to support the government, as per reports.

LJP president Ram Vilas Paswan, however, feigned ignorance about his lone member deciding to support the Nitish Kumar government on the floor of the house. "I have no inking about it," he told HT.

“We will vote against the motion, as we had already given a call to oust the Nitish Kumar government at the parivartan rally,” RJD chief Lalu Prasad said on Tuesday.

But the RJD chief had to face a tough time explaining his party's move should not be construed as a step in tune with that of the BJP, which for the first time in many decades would be sharing space in the opposition benches with its rival party.

“It was me who had arrested LK Advani in 1990. My priority is to check the fascist forces to come to power at Hastinapur. Besides, I still say BJP and JD(U) are no different entities and this drama of break-up is a fall out of BJP patriarch Advani being sidelined in the saffron outfit,” the RJD chief said.

To emphasize his point, Lalu said that the JD(U) president Sharad Yadav had admitted two days back that the JD(U) was still open to join hands with the BJP if Advani was brought to centrestage again.

Meanwhile, leader of the opposition in the legislative council, Ghulam Gauss resigned from his post, since BJP has now become the main oppostion party in the state.

However, the leader of the opposition in the state assembly Abdul Bari Siddiqui did not tender his papers on Monday from the post as no formal notification was issued by the speaker giving the BJP the new status of main opposition party.

“Why should I resign? If a notification is issued, I will quit the post,” Siddiqui said.

It is expected that a formal order would be issued on Wednesday after the BJP leguislature party at former deputy chief minister Sushil Kumar Modi's house Wednesday morning.

The special session of the state assembly on Wednesday would begin at 11 am and sit for four hours to hold a debate on the trust vote.

Cong may abstain from trust vote

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