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Nitish Kumar sails through Bihar trust vote

Nitish Kumar sails through Bihar trust vote
Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar on Wednesday sailed through the confidence vote with the help of RJD, Congress, CPI and one Independent MLAs in the Assembly. Opposition BJP knowing fully well that numbers favoured Kumar staged a walk out even before the motion was put to vote. Earlier, an upbeat Kumar attacked BJP saying the united secular forces in the state had “unmasked” its game plan of creating a situation for imposing President’s Rule by propping up Jitan Ram Manjhi against him.

“Today they stand unmasked after their gameplan has been foiled by a strong unity among secular forces of JD(U), RJD, Congress and CPI,” Kumar said while answering nearly four-hour debate on his confidence motion. 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.
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