Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar is 'confident' of winning the trust vote in the state assembly today, where his renewed alliance with the BJP needs to have a majority of 122 to emerge as winners.
Nitish Kumar-led Janata Dal (United) and the BJP alliance in Bihar will face a trust vote in the state assembly today. The combine, which has a strength of 128 in the 243-member assembly is expected to have a smooth sail in the crucial floor test. The majority mark in the Bihar assembly stands at 122.
Ahead of the floor test, an important meeting was called on Sunday at the house of JD(U) leader and Bihar Minister Vijay Kumar Chaudhary. At the meeting, JD(U) chief and Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar said he is confident of winning the trust vote. He also advised all his party MLAs to be present in the House during the floor test and keep from indulging in any incidents that could disrupt the proceedings in the assembly.
The JD(U) has 45 MLAs, excluding Nitish Kumar who is a member of the legislative council. The BJP, ally of the JD(U) in the NDA has 78 MLAs. Besides, the NDA alliance has four Hindustani Awam Morcha MLAs by ex-Chief Minister Jitan Ram Manjhi. Additionally, there is Independent MLA Sumit Kumar Singh, who is also a minister and had turned up at the JD(U) legislative party meeting ahead of the floor test.
The NDA alliance in Bihar began their preparation on Saturday (February 10) with lunch at Minister Shrawan Kumar's residence wherein many legislators were missing. BJP MLAs, who were in Bodh Gaya to attend a two-day workshop, were brought back to Patna on Sunday, with news agency PTI reporting that a couple of MLAs had skipped the same.
Several videos have emerged wherein Mahagathbandhan members were seen having a bonfire and enjoying music, and even playing cricket during their 'stay over' at Tejashwi Yadav's residence.
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