Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar secured majority in the state assembly during the trust vote on Monday. At the same time, a few minutes before this important voting, the opposition led by Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD) walked out of the House. Accusing Tejashwi Yadav’s party of corruption, Nitish Kumar claimed that they were involved in financial irregularities.
In the absence of the opposition, Kumar initially established his majority through voice vote. He then insisted on manual voting, eventually getting 130 votes and winning the trust vote. During this period no one opposed his government.
Last month, Nitish Kumar broke ties with RJD and re-aligned with Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP). In his impassioned speech, he criticized Tejashwi Yadav’s parents Lalu Yadav and Rabri Devi and raised questions on the condition of the state during his tenure. He alleged that Tejashwi and his family are involved in corruption.
The Chief Minister expressed disappointment over the alleged corruption by RJD leaders and promised to conduct an investigation. He also emphasized that he respects Tejashwi’s family. He confirmed the return to the old alliance with BJP and expressed his commitment towards it.
Addressing the India Bloc, Kumar mentioned his efforts to unite various parties but claimed that his efforts were in vain. He accused RJD leaders of trying to take credit for the work of the Janata Dal (United) party.
In response, Tejashwi Yadav, while addressing the Assembly before the floor test, promised Nitish Kumar that he will stop Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s BJP in Bihar. He asserted that his nephew will now carry the flag himself to stop Modi’s influence in the state. Taking a dig at Kumar, Yadav remarked on the chief minister’s “three changes of allegiance” within one tenure.