Nitish Kumar to seek trust vote today
Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar will be moving the confidence motion of his government in the state assembly on Wednesday soon after Governor Keshari Nath Tripathi’s joint address to the legislature on the first day of the budget session, which will end on April 22.
Earlier, when Jitan Ram Manjhi had resigned from his post of chief minister on February 20, his mentor-turned-rival Nitish Kumar had replaced him for the fourth time on February 22, the day the Governor had asked him to seek trust vote of the assembly before March 16.
Chief Minister Nitish Kumar has already submitted the list of 130 MLAs supporting his government to prove majority. In the current 233 strength of the assembly, as 10 seats are vacant, the Nitish government needs support of 117 legislators to win the trust vote.
The RJD, Congress and one CPI along with an Independent candidate have already declared their support to Nitish government. With the ruling party JD(U) and its allies issuing whip to party MLAs, the dissident group of about 10 MLAs led by former chief minister Jitan Ram Manjhi appeared to be caught in a fix-to vote or not to vote for the Nitish government.
It will be interesting to see whether the Manjhi camp MLAs defy the whip or desist from violating the anti-defection laws on the floor of the House. If they will desist from voting their membership of the House will be terminated under anti-defection law, and if they would vote for the government, a public face-loss may haunt them.
The Manjhi camp, said party sources, have appealed to the opposition BJP, with 87 members, to boycott the trust vote but the BJP has said it would take a decision on it only on the floor of the House. “We’ll take a decision on it on the floor of the House”, said leader of the opposition in assembly, Nand Kishore Yadav adding that the party had never questioned Nitish government’s majority in the House.