Bihar Floor Test LIVE: Trust vote to begin; JD(U), RJD confident of majority


Bihar Floor Test LIVE: The ruling JD(U) in Bihar faced concern as three of its MLAs once again missed the crucial legislators’ meeting held in Patna on Sunday

Bihar CM Nitish Kumar, RJD leader (l) Tejashwi Yadav at State Assembly ahead of trust vote (Bihar Vidhan Sabha TV)

Bihar CM Nitish Kumar, RJD leader (l) Tejashwi Yadav at State Assembly ahead of trust vote (Bihar Vidhan Sabha TV)

Bihar Floor Test LIVE: The floor test of the Nitish Kumar-led National Democratic Alliance (NDA) government in Bihar is scheduled for Monday to prove its majority in the Assembly. The ruling Janata Dal-United in Bihar faced concern as three of its MLAs once again missed the crucial legislators’ meeting held in Patna on Sunday evening. This absence followed six MLAs skipping the previous luncheon meeting at Minister Shravan Kumar’s residence on Saturday. Among the absent JD(U) MLAs were Rupauli MLA and former minister Bima Bharti, Sursand MLA Dilip Ray (formerly with the Rashtriya Janata Dal), and Barbigha MLA Sudarshan Kumar.…Read More

The JD(U) relocated its MLAs to a hotel near the Assembly, a video clip obtained by ANI showed them heading to the Chanakya Hotel in Patna.

With 45 MLAs, JD(U) holds a significant position in the 243-member Bihar assembly, while the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) has 79 MLAs. Additionally, the alliance partner Hindustani Awam Morcha-Secular (HAM-S) contributes four MLAs, and with the support of one independent, the NDA comprises 128 MLAs against the Grand Alliance’s (GA) 115. To reach the majority mark, an alliance requires 122 MLAs.

Here are key highlights:

  • JD(U) MLA Gopal Mandal mentioned that the party is in contact with those three MLAs, clarifying that there’s no political game involved.
  • BJP MLAs were relocated to a resort in Bodh Gaya for a two-day stay and returned to Patna on Sunday evening. The party emphasized that this move was for training purposes and not due to concerns about poaching.
  • RJD MLAs have been staying at Tejashwi’s residence since Saturday afternoon. Social media videos depicted them enjoying music and a bonfire. Additionally, on Sunday, Congress MLAs, who had been in Hyderabad, also arrived at Tejashwi’s residence.
  • Reports surfaced claiming that JD(U) intended to transfer its MLAs to Hotel Chanakya in Patna for the night.

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Feb 12, 2024 6:32 AM IST

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Bihar Governor says ‘Rule of Law’ top priority in Nitish Kumar’s Government

Bihar Governor Rajendra Arlekar emphasized the paramount importance of upholding the rule of law in the state under the leadership of Chief Minister Nitish Kumar.

In his address to both Houses of the state legislature on the opening day of the budget session, Governor Arlekar highlighted the government’s commitment to law and order, citing increased police strength as a testament to this priority.

Despite disruptions from the opposition, the governor also outlined various welfare initiatives undertaken by the government.

Feb 12, 2024 6:19 AM IST

Bihar News LIVE: Protests erupt as Bihar Governor addresses the Assembly

Protests erupt as Bihar Governor Rajendra Arlekar addresses the Assembly

Feb 12, 2024 6:12 AM IST

Bihar Floor Test LIVE: Bihar Governor Rajendra Arlekar addresses State Assembly

Bihar Governor Rajendra Arlekar addresses the State Assembly ahead of floor test, which is likely to test Nitish Kumar-led govt.

Feb 12, 2024 6:11 AM IST

Bihar News LIVE: BJP confident of winning floor test

The BJP, now back in power in Bihar following a recent alliance with Chief Minister Nitish Kumar, expressed assurance on Monday that the new government would smoothly pass the trust vote. State BJP president Samrat Choudhary, also designated as a deputy CM, arrived at the assembly ahead of the trust vote, signaling confidence with a victory sign. He was joined by party colleague Vijay Kumar Sinha, who also holds the position of deputy CM.

Feb 12, 2024 5:48 AM IST

Bihar Floor Test LIVE: Speaker and RJD leader Awadh Bihari Choudhary addresses State Assembly in Patna

Bihar Assembly Speaker and RJD leader Awadh Bihari Choudhary at the State Assembly in Patna

Feb 12, 2024 5:46 AM IST

Bihar News LIVE: JD(U) MLA and RJD lawmaker begin session with verbal spat

JD(U) MLA and RJD’s Birendra Prasad begin assembly session with a verbal spat.

Feb 12, 2024 5:32 AM IST

Bihar Floor Test LIVE: ‘They don’t have majority,’ Bihar Congress CLP leader Dr Shakeel Ahmed Khan says

Bihar Congress CLP leader Dr Shakeel Ahmed Khan said ahead of floor test, “First they will have to remove the Speaker on the basis of majority and according to us, they do not have the majority…”

Feb 12, 2024 5:23 AM IST

Bihar News LIVE: AIMIM leader says will vote against communal forces

AIMIM MLA Akhtarul Iman speaking about the floor test said, “AIMIM’s stand is clear that we will vote against communal forces…”

Feb 12, 2024 5:08 AM IST

Bihar Floor Test LIVE: Former Bihar Deputy CM & RJD leader Tejashwi Yadav arrives at state Assembly in Patna.

Former Bihar Deputy Chief Minister and RJD leader Tejashwi Yadav arrives at the state Assembly in Patna.

Former Bihar CM and Hindustani Awam Morcha (HAM) leader Jitan Ram Manjh also reached Bihar Assembly.

Feb 12, 2024 5:06 AM IST

Bihar LIVE: ‘Khela ho gaya,’ Bihar deputy CMs ahead of floor test

Bihar Deputy Chief Ministers Samrat Choudhary and Vijay Kumar Sinha reach the State Assembly in Patna ahead of the floor test. Deputy CM Samrat Choudhary said to reporters, “Khela ho gaya…”

Feb 12, 2024 5:02 AM IST

Bihar news LIVE: Tejashwi Yadav departs from his residence for Bihar Vidhan Sabha ahead of floor test

Tejashwi Yadav, former Deputy CM of Bihar, departs from his residence en route to the Bihar Vidhan Sabha ahead of the floor test.

Feb 12, 2024 5:01 AM IST

Bihar Floor Test: Bihar CM and JDU national president Nitish Kumar arrives at State Assembly

Bihar CM and JDU national president Nitish Kumar arrives at the Bihar Assembly in Patna

Feb 12, 2024 4:57 AM IST

Bihar News LIVE | Watch: Bihar minister Vijay Kumar Chaudhary arrives at Assembly ahead of floor test

Feb 12, 2024 4:51 AM IST

Bihar Floor Test LIVE: JD(U) leader says majority will be in favour of NDA

JDU leader Neeraj Kumar said, “Majority will be in favour of NDA. No-confidence motion will be brought against the Speaker and he will have to leave the chair and the Deputy Speaker will preside over it…”

Feb 12, 2024 4:48 AM IST

Bihar News LIVE: Bihar MLAs arrive at State Assembly in Patna ahead of floor test

Feb 12, 2024 4:44 AM IST

Bihar Floor Test LIVE: ‘Aliance intact, will prove majority,’ JD(U) leader says

“The (alliance) is intact and we will prove the majority in the House. Will those who were claiming of a ‘khela’ here would resign after the floor test?” JD(U) leader Neeraj Kumar says ahead of Bihar floor test.

Feb 12, 2024 4:32 AM IST

Bihar News LIVE: Security arrangements made ahead of assembly session

Rajeev Mishra, SSP Patna said, “Security arrangements have been made in view of the assembly session today. Today is the first day of the session. Whatever happens inside the House, we have nothing to do with it…”

Feb 12, 2024 4:31 AM IST

Bihar Floor Test LIVE: Bihar former CM Rabri Devi arrives at former Deputy CM Tejashwi Yadav’s residence

Bihar former CM Rabri Devi arrives at the residence of former Deputy CM Tejashwi Yadav

Feb 12, 2024 4:30 AM IST

Bihar News LIVE: JD(U) leader demands speaker to step down

Bihar Minister and JD(U) leader Vijay Kumar Chaudhary said to ANI, “Today only two things will happen. The Speaker should step down on his own, otherwise, he will be removed and secondly, the government will win the majority test… All our MLAs are in touch with us.”

Feb 12, 2024 4:28 AM IST

Bihar Floor Test LIVE | ‘Mahagathbandhan is united’: RJD MLA Bhai Virendra as he arrives at Bihar Assembly

RJD MLA Bhai Virendra flashes a victory sign upon his arrival at the Bihar Assembly in Patna, preceding the floor test of the NDA administration under CM Nitish Kumar. “Mahagathbandhan is united…,” he said.

Feb 12, 2024 4:15 AM IST

Bihar News LIVE | Heavy security at Bihar Vidhan Sabha

Security officials deployed at Bihar Vidhan Sabha, ahead of the floor test of the NDA government led by CM Nitish Kumar.

Feb 12, 2024 3:57 AM IST

Bihar Floor Test LIVE | Jairam Ramesh’s ‘paltu’ jibe at Nitish Kumar

When ‘Palti Kumar’ is ruling who knows where he will take a turn. A floor test is important. In Jharkhand, the floor test was done on February 5 & in Bihar time was given till February 12. This is all a conspiracy: Jairam Ramesh, Congress

Feb 12, 2024 3:31 AM IST

Bihar News LIVE | ‘Democracy will triumph’: RJD leader Mrityunjay Tiwari

RJD leader Mrityunjay Tiwari says on Bihar floor test, “Satya pareshan ho sakta hai lekin parajit nahi…In a few hours, everything will be known…Democracy will triumph. All the MLAs have made a resolution to save Bihar & its future and for that, the current government needs to be removed from power…”

Feb 12, 2024 3:26 AM IST

Bihar Floor Test LIVE | ‘Will not be a surprise if Nitish Kumar…’: Lok Sabha MP Danish Ali

On Sunday, expelled BSP leader and Lok Sabha MP Danish Ali claimed that Chief Minister Nitish Kumar may switch sides again if it proves politically advantageous, as the ruling and Opposition camps in Bihar anxiously awaited the crucial floor test in the Assembly on Monday.

“The people of Bihar are embarrassed over the state of affairs. They are very saddened by the way Nitish Kumar made fun of them and their mandate. The pressure on his MLAs is clearly visible. It wouldn’t surprise me if Nitish Kumar makes another of his political switchovers in the foreseeable future and return to the Mahagathbandhan (grand alliance),” he told ANI.

Feb 12, 2024 3:09 AM IST

Bihar News LIVE: ‘Numbers going to increase’, says BJP leader Shahnawaz Hussain

BJP leader Shahnawaz Hussain says, “Under the leadership of Nitish Kumar, the JDU-NDA government will prove its majority on the floor. Our numbers are going to increase. Nothing will happen no matter what the opposition does…Jungle Raj will not return to Bihar…”

Feb 12, 2024 2:59 AM IST

Bihar Floor Test LIVE | Watch: RJD supporters gather outside Tejashwi Yadav’s residence in Patna

Earlier today, RJD supporters gathered outside the residence of party leader Tejashwi Yadav in Patna.

Feb 12, 2024 2:53 AM IST

Bihar News LIVE | ‘Never in history of democracy…’: RJD’s Shakti Singh

RJD’s Shakti Singh said, “Never in the history of democracy have authorities barged into MLA meetings.”

Feb 12, 2024 2:41 AM IST

Bihar Floor Test LIVE: ‘We will get majority’, JD(U) national secretary Rajiv Ranjan Prasad says

On the Floor test in Bihar, JD(U) national secretary Rajiv Ranjan Prasad says, “Under the leadership of CM Nitish Kumar, we will get the majority and the government will complete its tenure…”

Feb 12, 2024 2:15 AM IST

Bihar News LIVE: Watch | Visuals from outside RJD leader Tejashwi Yadav’s residence in Patna

Feb 12, 2024 1:44 AM IST

Bihar Floor Test LIVE: JD(U), BJP hold crucial discussions

Ahead of the pivotal floor test in Bihar’s legislative assembly on Monday, the JD(U) and BJP, the main constituents of the majority alliance, conducted crucial meetings with their MLAs on Sunday.

Both parties expressed confidence that the new alliance would successfully navigate the test. Despite Chief Minister Nitish Kumar addressing the JD(U) gathering, concerns arose as three legislators were absent. However, senior party figures assured that they were in contact with them and confirmed the presence of all their members.

Read Here.

Feb 12, 2024 1:33 AM IST

ICYMI: How numbers stack up as MLAs get ready for crucial strength game in Bihar Floor Test

All attention is focused on the Bihar floor test scheduled for Monday (February 12), where Chief Minister Nitish Kumar must demonstrate his majority following his departure from the ‘Mahagathbandhan’, an alliance comprising the RJD, Congress, and Left parties.

Prior to this critical test of numbers, the Congress safeguarded its MLAs in Hyderabad, while RJD MLAs have been stationed at the residence of former Deputy Chief Minister Tejashwi Yadav since Saturday night.

Meanwhile, the BJP relocated its MLAs to the Maha Bodhi resort in Bodh Gaya ahead of the floor test, following Nitish Kumar’s meeting with PM Modi in New Delhi.

The BJP clarified that the MLAs were sent to the Bodh Gaya resort for training purposes and there is no concern regarding opposition poaching.

Read Here.

Feb 12, 2024 1:11 AM IST

Bihar Floor Test LIVE: Heavy security stationed outside RJD’s Tejashwi Yadav’s house

A tight security perimeter encircled the home of Bihar Assembly’s Leader of Opposition, Tejashwi Yadav, in Patna, a day before the pivotal floor test for the Nitish Kumar-led NDA government.

As MLAs were relocated to safeguard locations within or outside the state in preparation for the crucial trust vote, the Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD) claimed that police officers attempted to enter Tejashwi’s residence under various pretexts, potentially instigating untoward incidents against party MLAs.

RJD said in a post in X, “Nitish Kumar, fearing the government, has sent thousands of police and surrounded Tejashwi ji’s residence from all sides. They want to enter inside the residence on any pretext and do untoward incidents with the MLAs. The people of Bihar are watching the misdeeds of Nitish Kumar and the police.”

It added, “Remember, we are not among those who fear and bow down. This is a struggle of ideology and we will fight it and win because the justice-loving people of Bihar will oppose this police repression. Jai Bihar! Jai Hind.”

Feb 12, 2024 12:43 AM IST

Bihar Floor Test LIVE: JD(U) MLAs shifted to Patna hotel

As the trust vote in Bihar loomed, causing tension and anticipation, the ruling Janata Dal (United) (JD-U) took precautionary measures by relocating its MLAs to a hotel near the legislature.

A video clip obtained by ANI showed the JD(U) MLAs en route to the Chanakya Hotel in Patna.

This move comes as JD(U) faces its first significant challenge on the Assembly floor since rejoining the BJP-led NDA alliance.

Feb 12, 2024 2:59 AM IST

Bihar Floor Test LIVE | Watch: RJD supporters gather outside Tejashwi Yadav’s residence in Patna

Earlier today, RJD supporters gathered outside the residence of party leader Tejashwi Yadav in Patna.

Feb 12, 2024 2:53 AM IST

Bihar News LIVE | ‘Never in history of democracy…’: RJD’s Shakti Singh

RJD’s Shakti Singh said, “Never in the history of democracy have authorities barged into MLA meetings.”

Feb 12, 2024 2:41 AM IST

Bihar Floor Test LIVE: ‘We will get majority’, JD(U) national secretary Rajiv Ranjan Prasad says

On the Floor test in Bihar, JD(U) national secretary Rajiv Ranjan Prasad says, “Under the leadership of CM Nitish Kumar, we will get the majority and the government will complete its tenure…”

Feb 12, 2024 2:15 AM IST

Bihar News LIVE: Watch | Visuals from outside RJD leader Tejashwi Yadav’s residence in Patna

Feb 12, 2024 1:44 AM IST

Bihar Floor Test LIVE: JD(U), BJP hold crucial discussions

Ahead of the pivotal floor test in Bihar’s legislative assembly on Monday, the JD(U) and BJP, the main constituents of the majority alliance, conducted crucial meetings with their MLAs on Sunday.

Both parties expressed confidence that the new alliance would successfully navigate the test. Despite Chief Minister Nitish Kumar addressing the JD(U) gathering, concerns arose as three legislators were absent. However, senior party figures assured that they were in contact with them and confirmed the presence of all their members.

Read Here.

Feb 12, 2024 1:33 AM IST

ICYMI: How numbers stack up as MLAs get ready for crucial strength game in Bihar Floor Test

All attention is focused on the Bihar floor test scheduled for Monday (February 12), where Chief Minister Nitish Kumar must demonstrate his majority following his departure from the ‘Mahagathbandhan’, an alliance comprising the RJD, Congress, and Left parties.

Prior to this critical test of numbers, the Congress safeguarded its MLAs in Hyderabad, while RJD MLAs have been stationed at the residence of former Deputy Chief Minister Tejashwi Yadav since Saturday night.

Meanwhile, the BJP relocated its MLAs to the Maha Bodhi resort in Bodh Gaya ahead of the floor test, following Nitish Kumar’s meeting with PM Modi in New Delhi.

The BJP clarified that the MLAs were sent to the Bodh Gaya resort for training purposes and there is no concern regarding opposition poaching.

Read Here.

Feb 12, 2024 1:11 AM IST

Bihar Floor Test LIVE: Heavy security stationed outside RJD’s Tejashwi Yadav’s house

A tight security perimeter encircled the home of Bihar Assembly’s Leader of Opposition, Tejashwi Yadav, in Patna, a day before the pivotal floor test for the Nitish Kumar-led NDA government.

As MLAs were relocated to safeguard locations within or outside the state in preparation for the crucial trust vote, the Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD) claimed that police officers attempted to enter Tejashwi’s residence under various pretexts, potentially instigating untoward incidents against party MLAs.

RJD said in a post in X, “Nitish Kumar, fearing the government, has sent thousands of police and surrounded Tejashwi ji’s residence from all sides. They want to enter inside the residence on any pretext and do untoward incidents with the MLAs. The people of Bihar are watching the misdeeds of Nitish Kumar and the police.”

It added, “Remember, we are not among those who fear and bow down. This is a struggle of ideology and we will fight it and win because the justice-loving people of Bihar will oppose this police repression. Jai Bihar! Jai Hind.”

Feb 12, 2024 12:43 AM IST

Bihar Floor Test LIVE: JD(U) MLAs shifted to Patna hotel

As the trust vote in Bihar loomed, causing tension and anticipation, the ruling Janata Dal (United) (JD-U) took precautionary measures by relocating its MLAs to a hotel near the legislature.

A video clip obtained by ANI showed the JD(U) MLAs en route to the Chanakya Hotel in Patna.

This move comes as JD(U) faces its first significant challenge on the Assembly floor since rejoining the BJP-led NDA alliance.



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