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HindustanTimes Tue,23 Sep 2014

Bihar: Nitish set to win trust vote as BJP MLAs walk out of assembly

Agencies  Patna, June 19, 2013
First Published: 09:08 IST(19/6/2013) | Last Updated: 14:18 IST(19/6/2013)

After JD(U) parted ways with ally BJP, CM Nitish Kumar today moved a one-line trust motion at a special session of Bihar Assembly to prove his majority which he is expected to muster without any hitch with support of Independents and four Congress MLAs.

With the JD(U) mustering majority for passage of trust vote, BJP MLAs on Wednesday walked out of the Bihar Assembly after accusing chief minister Nitish Kumar of betraying the mandate of NDA.

"We know you have mustered majority in the House to ensure passage of trust vote, therefore we are walking out," BJP legislature party leader Nandkishore Yadav announced in the House.

On Yadav's announcement, BJP MLAs promptly walked out of the legislative assembly while the debate on the trust vote moved by the Nitish Kumar government was going on.

Six Bihar BJP MLAs are likely to resign in favour of Nitish government and may join JD-U, according to a TV report.

Earlier on the day during trust vote in Bihar Assembly, the BJP MLAs accused Nitish Kumar of betraying mandate and walked out of the House boycotting confidence vote against the state govt.

Four Congress MLAs are likely to vote in favour of Nitish govt.

Kumar is confident of proving his majority in the assembly.

Janata Dal-United (JD-U) leaders said Nitish Kumar was "calm and cool" and spent the day in office Tuesday, not worried about the trust vote in the 243-seat legislature.

Going by numbers, there is no threat to the Nitish government even without the support of BJP, its erstwhile ally of 17 years, since it has the required strength.

In the 243-member House, JD(U) has 118 members, including Speaker, BJP 91, RJD 22, Congress 4, LJP and CPI one each and Independents 6.

JD(U) needs support of at least four more MLAs to reach the magic figure of 122. It has already got support of four Independents who had attended a JD(U) meeting on Monday where party president Sharad Yadav was also present.

Lone LJP member Zakir Hussain Khan has also voiced his support to Nitish in the event of voting as he does not want to be seen with "communal BJP".

Arrangements were being made in the House to seat BJP MLAs in the opposition benches after JD(U) snapped its ties with BJP on Sunday.

RJD is categorical in opposing the confidence vote.

"My party will definitely vote against the Nitish Kumar government during the trust vote," RJD president Lalu Prasad told reporters .

Kumar is also an MLC, but in the capacity of Leader of the lower House on virtue of being the chief minister, Kumar will move confidence motion but cannot vote.


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