Patna: The Janata Dal (United), under Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar, on Wednesday won the trust vote in the state after 91 Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) MLAs staged a walkout. Since the split of the JD(U) and the BJP, Nitish has been unforgiving, and Wednesday was no different.
Nitish launched an all out attack against Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi after he won the vote of confidence. "Is it a right trend that you give help to a state and then print it in papers? Others also gave help to Bihar but no one printed it," Nitish commented to Modi.
It was a comfortable win for Nitish as four of the six independents voted on his side. The JD(U) got 126 votes with just 24 MLAs opposing the motion, which included 22 MLAs of Lalu Prasad's Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD) and two independent MLAs.
Ram Vilas Paswan's Lok Janshakti Party (LJP) too staged a walkout. But the biggest takeaway for the JD(U) was the four Congress MLAs, who voted for Nitish's government, raising questions a new political alignment in Bihar.
Last week, Prime Minister Manmohan Singh praised Nitish Kumar saying he is a secular leader and today Congress went on to vote for his government in Bihar. Nitish, on his part did thank Congress, but maintained equidistant from the Congress and the BJP. He continues to harbour plans for a new federal front of chief ministers.