Patna: Tejashwi Yadav is occupying the chair of the Leader of the Opposition in the Bihar Assembly.
Tejashwi has been speaking for the last 15 minutes and is expected to speak for at least 40 minutes more.
Highlights of his speech…
There have been four governments in four years. Who is responsible for this? People want an answer.
Nitish Kumar has betrayed the 2015 mandate of the people.
You (Nitish Kumar) are using me as a pawn to go over to the BJP. You have gone from saying ‘He Ram’ when you saw the BJP to saying ‘Jai Shri Ram’. He Ram se Jai Shri Ram mein chale gaye.
The mandate was for five years and it was against the BJP.
Nitish Kumar could not dare to sack me The BJP is greedy. Nitish fought alone in 1995 and got seven seats. In 2014, he was reduced to two seats. Where was his image then?
He said Nitish had planned to go with the BJP well in advance. Nitish’s move is well planned. This whole farce was to save Nitish.
Both sides are shouting at each other in the Bihar Assembly after Tejashwi Yadav tells BJPs Sushil Modi to be ashamed of what he has done.
Proceedings begin in Bihar Assembly
Tejashwi Yadav speaking in the Assembly. Tejashwi reminds the BJP that Nitish Kumar had ditched them earlier to form the mahagathbandhan with the RJD and the Congress.
The Patna High Court responds to the petition filed by the RJD challenging the formation of a new government by Nitish Kumar’s JDU with the BJP. The court says that a hearing is not possible before July 31st, Monday.
JD (U) leader Neeraj Kumar said that Nitish Kumar will get a full majority today. “Politics is about serving people, it’s not a medium to collect money or property. According to the wishes of the state, the Chief Minister will win with complete majority and prove his ethical politics. We hope that he will strongly present his case in the assembly and also win the majority.”
The BJP and Janata Dal (United) have issued whip to their legislators to vote in favour of the trust vote.
The RJD and the Congress have also issued a similar whip to their legislators.
Nitish led JD (U)-NDA government has a support of 132 MLAs, which will help it to prove a comfortable majority in the 243 member state assembly where 122 MLAs are required to prove majority.
According to the communique issued from the Raj Bhawan, Nitish has claimed the support of 131 members, including the BJP, two independents and legislators of BJP allies Hindustani Awam Morcha (HAM)-Secular and Rashtriya Lok Samata party (RLSP).Opposition RJD has 80 MLAs, the Congress 27 and the CPI-ML 3.