Nitish Kumar-led government in Bihar won the vote of trust on Monday, February 12. The Nitish Kumar government got 129 votes in Bihar assembly while the opposition leaders walked out from the House. Three Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD) MLAs -- Chetan Anand of Sheohar, Neelam Devi of Mokama and Prahlad Yadav -- voted in favour of Nitish Kumar government.
Deputy speaker Maheshwar Hazari did not vote in the assembly as the Nitish Kumar already crossed the magic figure of 122. If the situation was tight, then he might have cast his vote in the favour of Nitish Kumar government. Hazari is a MLA of Janata Dal (United) (JD-U).
After winning the vote of trust, former industry minister Shahnawaz Hussain congratulated Nitish Kumar for the victory. “Under the guidance of PM Narendra Modi and the leadership of Nitish Kumar, the double-engine government will work at a rapid pace in Bihar for the development. It is a new start for the new mission with new energy.”
RJD and Mahagathbandhan played well during the vote of trust but they failed at the last moment due to the three RJD leaders who cross-voted. National Democratic Alliance (NDA) leaders had earlier claimed that they have the majority of 128 MLAs in Bihar assembly. RJD MLAs Chetan Anand, Neelam Devi and Prahlad Yadav were involved in cross-voting. They changed the camp following the no confidence motion passed against Speaker Awadh Bihari Choudhary.
The trust vote comes days after Nitish Kumar-led JD(U) severed ties with RJD and formed new government with the support of the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP).