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Jun 19, 2013 at 03:52pm IST

Nitish wins vote of confidence as BJP walks out of Bihar Assembly

Patna: Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar on Wednesday won the trust vote in the Assembly, proving his majority after dumping long-time ally the Bharatiya Janata Party.

The JD(U), with its 118 MLAs, needed 122 to pass the floor test and they got through with 126 MLA votes. MLAs of the Congress, CPI and four Independents voted for the JD(U). All 91 MLAs of the BJP, with whom the JD(U) snapped ties on Sunday staged a walkout from the Assembly and 24 members including 22 of the RJD and two Independents voted against the government.

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BJP legislators walked out before the special session began. The ruling Janata Dal-United has 118 legislators and needed the support of four more to prove its majority.

Nitish while speaking in the Assembly said, "No party should have this misconception that they can form a government on their own. This is an era of alliances. I praised Atal era because he used to take everyone along in the alliance. It is good that we took this decision. Things became clearer when RSS came out with its statement highlighting 'Hindutva'. In 2005 and 2009, why were people not called from outside? Why now? In June 2010, I was willing to quit, the alliance was at a break-point."

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