February 18, 2024
Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar Wins Trust Vote Amid Opposition Walkout
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Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar Wins Trust Vote Amid Opposition Walkout

Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar Wins Trust Vote Amid Opposition Walkout

Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar Wins Trust Vote Amid Opposition Walkout

The ‘born-again’ Janata Dal (United)-BJP government, led by Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar, secured a trust vote with a score of 130-0 after the opposition, including the Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD) and the Congress, walked out of the Assembly. Tejashwi Yadav of the RJD taunted Nitish Kumar, labeling him ‘paltu Kumar,’ and questioned Prime Minister Narendra Modi if he could guarantee Nitish Kumar wouldn’t flip again. Nitish Kumar’s recent switch from the opposition mahagathbandhan to the BJP-led NDA has caused a political upheaval in Bihar.


Tejashwi Yadav’s Sarcastic Taunts and Walkout

During the trust vote session in the Bihar Assembly, Tejashwi Yadav, leader of the opposition, unleashed a barrage of sarcastic taunts and swipes at Nitish Kumar, calling him ‘paltu Kumar’ (one who flips). Yadav questioned PM Modi if he could guarantee Nitish Kumar’s loyalty. He demanded Nitish Kumar explain his actions to the people and criticized him for taking the oath thrice in a single term. Yadav also criticized the decision to award Bharat Ratna to former Bihar Chief Minister Karpoori Thakur, suggesting it was part of a “deal.” After Yadav’s speech, the RJD, Congress, and Left Front walked out of the Assembly.


Political Drama and Nitish Kumar’s Recent Switch

Nitish Kumar’s recent switch from the opposition mahagathbandhan to the BJP-led NDA has caused political turmoil in Bihar. After being part of the opposition alliance, Nitish Kumar took oath as Chief Minister for the ninth time, forming a new government with the BJP. The opposition, including former allies RJD, Congress, and Left Front, expressed displeasure with Kumar’s move. Nitish Kumar, often mocked as “paltu Kumar” for his frequent political shifts, met with PM Modi, declaring he would “never” leave the NDA again.


Bharat Ratna to Karpoori Thakur and Opposition’s Walkout

Tejashwi Yadav criticized the decision to award Bharat Ratna to Karpoori Thakur, a former Bihar Chief Minister and mentor to Nitish Kumar and RJD patriarch Lalu Prasad Yadav. Yadav suggested it was part of a deal. Karpoori Thakur is remembered as an iconic socialist leader, and his legacy is valuable in Bihar’s political landscape. After Yadav’s speech, the opposition, dissatisfied with Nitish Kumar’s actions, walked out of the Assembly.


Outlook and Political Fallout

Nitish Kumar’s switch has left the opposition mahagathbandhan on the brink of breaking up, with leaders like Mamata Banerjee and the Aam Aadmi Party expressing intentions to go their own way. Nitish Kumar’s move has reshaped Bihar’s political landscape and intensified the political rivalry in the state.

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