Bihar Floor Test LIVE Updates: Nitish Kumar wins trust vote as Opposition walks out

They will have to lower their heads in shame, says Congress MLA; Tejashwi vows to keep PM Modi out

February 12, 2024 08:47 am | Updated 04:55 pm IST

Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar with NDA MLAs arrives at Bihar Legislative Assembly for the floor test of his government, at Vidhan Bhawan in Patna, Monday, Feb. 12, 2024.

Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar with NDA MLAs arrives at Bihar Legislative Assembly for the floor test of his government, at Vidhan Bhawan in Patna, Monday, Feb. 12, 2024. | Photo Credit: PTI

Nitish Kumar-led NDA won the crucial floor test in Bihar, with the opposition members walking out and all 129 members seated in the House voting in favour of the confidence motion.. 

Despite all 79 MLAs of the Opposition Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD) camping at the residence of former Deputy Chief Minister Tejashwi Yadav, three MLAs switched sides and were found seated with the NDA. 

The Speaker, who had earlier said that he would not step down before the floor test, was removed from the Chair after the ruling combine won a no-confidence motion against him. Deputy Speaker conducted the remaining proceedings. 

Also Read | Ahead of trust vote, Bihar politics abuzz with rumours of cross-voting, shaky allegiances

The total strength of the Bihar Assembly is 243 and a party or alliance needs the support of at least 122 MLAs to prove its majority. 

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  • February 12, 2024 16:07
    Opposition members walk out

    Opposition had walked out from the House during trust vote .

    The NDA government wins the trust vote in Bihar assembly by voice vote .

  • February 12, 2024 15:41
    Nitish Kumar’s NDA government wins trust vote

    The BJP-JD(U) combine wins the trust vote by garnering the support of 129 MLAs. 

    Deputy Speaker Maheshwar Hazari made the formal announcement.

  • February 12, 2024 15:36
    Will probe RJD’s corruption: Nitish

    Deputy Speaker Maheshwar Hazari is conducting the proceedings after the Speaker is removed. 

    Nitish Kumar accuses RJD of indulging in corrupt practices. He says a probe will be ordered. 

  • February 12, 2024 15:31
    Nitish Kumar begins his reply to the confidence motion
  • February 12, 2024 15:06
    Despite winning, BJP-JD(U)‘s heads are hanging in shame: Shakeel Ahmad Khan

    Congress MLA Dr. Shakeel Ahmad Khan says, “...Despite winning, their (BJP-JDU) heads are hanging in shame, they have no answer to any questions...When politics is done with deceit and deception and without ideology, then this happens...”

  • February 12, 2024 14:44
    We have resolved to make Bihar free of crime and corruption: Vijay Sinha
  • February 12, 2024 14:13
    Deal with us, we’ll give you Bharat Ratna: Tejashwi’s dig at BJP

    Tejashwi Yadav thanks the Centre for honouring Socialist leader Karpoori Thakur with the Bharat Ratna. “I am happy that Karpoori Thakur got it. But they (BJP) have made Bharat Ratna a deal. Deal with us and we will give you Bharat Ratna.”

  • February 12, 2024 14:05
    3 RJD MLAs sit with ruling NDA in assembly, Tejashwi raises point of order

    The Rashtriya Janata Dal, which has lost power in Bihar,received a jolt inside the Bihar assembly where at least three of its members sat on the ruling party benches.

    RJD leader Tejashwi Yadav raised a point of order, taking objection to party MLAs Chetan Anand, Neelam Devi and Prahlad Yadav sitting among members of the ruling NDA, ahead of voting on a no-confidence motion against Speaker Awadh Bihari Chaudhary.

    However, no ruling was given on the point of order by Deputy Speaker Maheshwar Hazari, who was in the Chair.

  • February 12, 2024 14:04
    Awadh Bihari Chaudhary removed as Bihar assembly Speaker

    RJD leader Awadh Bihari Chaudhary has been removed as Bihar assembly speaker.

    A no-confidence motion moved by the ruling NDA against the Speaker received the support of 125 MLAs, while 112 members voted against it in the 243-strong assembly.

    Chaudhary had refused to step down after his party lost power a fortnight ago when Chief Minister Nitish Kumar snapped ties with ‘Mahagathbandhan’ and returned to the BJP-led coalition.

    BJP MLA Nandkishore Yadav moved the no-confidence motion against the Speaker. - PTI

  • February 12, 2024 14:01
    Your nephew will fulfill what you promised: Tejashwi

    RJD leader and former Deputy Chief Minister Tejshwi Yadav calls himself as the “nephew” of Nitish Kumar. “We are all from the same Samajwadi family,” he says recollecting the earlier Janata Dal days. “You wanted to end Modiji’s rule, your nephew will now fulfill it,” he says

  • February 12, 2024 13:50
    CM Nitish Kumar moves motion of confidence for his govt in Assembly
  • February 12, 2024 13:47
    No-confidence motion against Speaker passed

    125 MLAs vote in favour of no-confidence motion against Bihar Assembly Speaker, 112 members vote against it.

  • February 12, 2024 13:32
    3 RJD MLAs sit with ruling NDA in Assembly

    The Rashtriya Janata Dal, which has lost power in Bihar, on Monday received a jolt inside the Bihar assembly where at least three of its members sat on the ruling party benches.

    RJD leader Tejashwi Yadav raised a point of order, taking objection to party MLAs Chetan Anand, Neelam Devi and Prahlad Yadav sitting among members of the ruling NDA, ahead of voting on a no-confidence motion against Speaker Awadh Bihari Chaudhary.

    However, no ruling was given on the point of order by Deputy Speaker Maheshwar Hazari, who was in the Chair.

    PTI

  • February 12, 2024 13:12
    Discussion on no-confidence movement against Speaker underway

    A no-confidence motion moved by the ruling NDA in Bihar against Speaker Awadh Bihari Chaudhary was on Monday taken up by the state assembly.

    Chaudhary, who belongs to the RJD, had refused to step down after his party lost power a fortnight ago when Chief Minister Nitish Kumar snapped ties with ‘Mahagathbandhan’ and returned to the BJP-led coalition.

    BJP MLA Nandkishore Yadav moved the no-confidence motion against the Speaker.

  • February 12, 2024 12:51
    Motion to remove the Bihar Assembly Speaker and RJD leader Awadh Bihari Choudhary moved in the State Assembly
  • February 12, 2024 12:30
    RJD workers protest against Bihar government in Patna
  • February 12, 2024 12:20
    Slogans of “Tejashwi Yadav zindabad” reverberate in Assembly

    Rashtriya Janata Dal legislators raise slogans of “Tejashwi Yadav zindabad” during Governor Rajendra Arlekar’s address to both Houses of the State legislature when he pointed out achievements in departments like Health and education held by RJD party in the previous Mahagathbandhan government.

  • February 12, 2024 12:00
    Rule of law top priority of Bihar govt: Governor tells assembly

    Bihar Governor Rajendra Arlekar on Monday asserted that rule of law was the “top priority” of the Nitish Kumar government in the state.

    The governor made the averment in his customary address to members of both Houses of the state legislature, on the inaugural day of the budget session.

    “Rule of law prevails in the state.....that is the top priority of the government. To improve law and order strength of (police) force has been increased”, said Arlekar.

    PTI

  • February 12, 2024 11:50
    BJP confident Nitish govt will win trust vote

    The BJP, which is back in power in Bihar after a recent realignment with Chief Minister Nitish Kumar. 

    State BJP president Samrat Choudhary, who has landed the job of a deputy CM, reached the assembly premises ahead of the trust vote flashing a victory sign.

    He was accompanied by party colleague Vijay Kumar Sinha, who is also a deputy CM.

    “Democracy shall win”, said Sinha, as he sauntered towards the central hall where the day’s proceedings will begin with the governor’s address to members of the bicameral legislature.

    PTI

  • February 12, 2024 11:34
    Bihar Governor addresses joint session of Assembly

    Bihar Governor Rajendra Vishwanath Arlekar addresses Joint session of Bihar legislature ahead of trust vote

  • February 12, 2024 11:11
    Bihar Assembly Speaker Awadh Bihari Choudhary addresses Assembly
  • February 12, 2024 10:58
    “Who knows where he will take a turn?”: Jairam Ramesh

    Ahead of the crucial floor test in Bihar, Congress leader Jairam Ramesh on Monday targeted Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar, saying, when ‘Palti Kumar’ is ruling, who knows where he will take a turn?

    “When ‘Palti Kumar’ is ruling, who knows where he will take a turn? A floor test is important. In Jharkhand, the floor test was done on February 5, and in Bihar, time was given till February 12. This is all a conspiracy...INDIA bloc is united,” he said.

    Further, Jairam Ramesh stated that the BJP’s plan to break the Congress party and RJD party will fail and added that the INDIA alliance will remain together.

    ANI

  • February 12, 2024 10:41
    Former Bihar Deputy CM Tejashwi Yadav arrives at Assembly
  • February 12, 2024 10:39
    Jitan Ram Manjhi arrives at Bihar Assembly in Patna
  • February 12, 2024 10:38
    Legislators reach Bihar Vidhan Sabha

    Legislators have reached the Bihar Assembly ahead of the critical floor test of the Nitish Kumar government. JDU legislators were seen sporting the victory sign as they entered the house. The JDU is confident of scoring the numbers to ensure the government’s survival.

    The trust vote follows after Nitish took the oath as the chief minister of Bihar for the record ninth time after ditching its alliance with the RJD and forming a government with the BJP.

    ANI

  • February 12, 2024 10:24
    Bihar politics abuzz with rumours of cross-voting, shaky allegiances

    Political parties in Bihar were busy trying to stay on top of the game with closed-door meetings for their MLAs and measures to keep their flock together.

    Adding to the suspense, rumour mills in the State were abuzz with news of legislators not showing up at meetings, contacting leaders of rival parties or turning off their mobile offices.

    Read the full story here
  • February 12, 2024 09:56
    All eyes on Manjhi’s four MLAs

    Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD) chief Lalu Prasad on February 10 sent his emissary to the residence of Jitan Ram Manjhi, former Bihar Chief Minister and founder of the Hindustani Awam Morcha-Secular (HAM-S), a key player ahead of floor test on in the State Assembly

    Important constituents of Mahagathbandhan (grand alliance), and Communist Party of India (Marxist-Leninist) MLA Mehboob Alam, visited Mr. Manjhi’s residence, and both had closed door meetings lasting nearly half-an-hour. Mr. Prasad has reportedly offered Mr. Manjhi, who has four MLAs backing him, the Chief Minister’s post, if the Opposition formed the government in Bihar.

    Read the full story here
  • February 12, 2024 09:35
    Stage set for trust vote of Nitish government

    The inaugural day of the budget session will commence with the Governor’s customary address to members of the bicameral legislature after which the assembly will take up the no-confidence motion against Speaker Awadh Bihari Chaudhary before the trust vote.

    Chaudhary, who belongs to RJD, the largest constituent of the ‘Mahagathbandhan’ which Kumar quit a fortnight ago, has made it clear that he will not step down despite the motion moved by legislators of the NDA soon after the new government was formed.

    The NDA, which includes JD(U), BJP, former chief minister Jitan Ram Manjhi’s Hindustani Awam Morcha and an Independent, has a combined strength of 128 MLAs in the 243-strong assembly, six more than the majority mark.

    The ‘Mahagathbandhan’ has a combined strength of 114 MLAs, eight short of the majority mark, but claims that while all its legislators were firmly intact, quite a few in the NDA camp were unhappy over the sudden change of tack by JD(U) and BJP and might turn the tables on the new government.

    PTI

  • February 12, 2024 09:12
    JDU exudes confidence in winning trust vote

    Nitish Kumar-led Janata Dal United (JDU) exuded confidence that the party’s president will win the trust vote during the crucial floor test. 

    JD(U) national secretary Rajiv Ranjan Prasad said, “Under the leadership of CM Nitish Kumar, we will get the majority and the government will complete its tenure.”

    ANI

  • February 12, 2024 08:49
    Heavy security deployed outside Tejashwi’s Patna residence

    A heavy security cordon was thrown around the residence of the Leader of Opposition in the Bihar Assembly, Tejashwi Yadav, in Patna, a day before the crucial floor test of the Nitish Kumar-led NDA government in the State.

    The trust vote will follow after Mr. Nitish took the oath as the Chief Minister of Bihar for the record ninth time after ditching its alliance with the RJD and forming a government with the BJP.

    ANI

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