As a result of the recent political upheaval in the state, the BJP’s MLAs staged a walkout on Wednesday, but the newly-formed “Mahagathbandhan” government in Bihar easily won the vote of confidence.

The call for a headcount came from the minister of legislative affairs, Vijay Kumar Chaudhary. He stated that while a voice vote had amply demonstrated the majority’s support, the count would leave no room for any mistake.

The confidence resolution received votes from 160 MLAs; none were cast against it. The sole MLA of AIMIM, Akhtarul Iman, participated in the voting. He backed the motion of confidence despite his party not being a government coalition member.

Some BJP MLAs  had left the chamber during Chief Minister Nitish Kumar’s speech. But later they stormed in the room and demanded deputy speaker to not waste time on a needless headcount.  They recommended to take up the day’s business and declare a boycott of the proceedings.

The deputy speaker then called for a postponement of the proceedings till Friday. Speaker also informed that the House that nomination forms will be submitted for the election of a new speaker on Thursday. Vijay Kumar Sinha of the BJP resigned from his position as speaker, leaving the post empty.

Nitish on BJP

In his 30-minute speech, Nitish Kumar alluded to the alleged BJP-ordered revolt by Chirag Paswan of the LJP. Nitish further mentioned about the attempts to splinter the JD(U) party through his former mentee RCP Singh.

In response to the BJP’s accusation that his most recent about-face was a move toward becoming the opposition camp’s candidate for prime minister, Nitish insisted that he had “no personal ambitions. Nevertheless, he discussed his encounters with national leaders, whom he had advised to remain unified ahead of Lok Sabha elections.

The JD(U) politician highlighted the differences between the current administration and Atal Bihari Vajpayee, L K Advani, and Murli Manohar Joshi while recalling his previous affiliation with the BJP.

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