- The Bihar assembly is currently undergoing a floor test, with Chief Minister Nitish Kumar’s NDA government seeking a vote of confidence.
- The NDA claims a comfortable majority with 128 MLAs in the 243-member assembly, but the opposition Mahagathbandhan led by Tejashwi Yadav remains skeptical.
- The floor test is expected to take place after the Governor’s address and a no-confidence motion against Speaker Awadh Bihari Chaudhary.
- NDA Confidence: The BJP-JD(U) alliance, along with smaller parties, expresses confidence in securing the majority mark. They claim to have addressed concerns of disgruntled MLAs and ensured their support.
- Opposition Concerns: The Mahagathbandhan raises questions about the NDA’s stability, citing Nitish Kumar’s history of switching alliances. They allege attempts by the NDA to poach MLAs and create an atmosphere of fear.
- Tejashwi Yadav’s Dig: The Leader of the Opposition, Tejashwi Yadav, took a dig at the NDA, stating, “Can Prime Minister Modi guarantee that Nitish Kumar won’t take another U-turn?” This highlights the opposition’s main concern: Nitish Kumar’s unpredictable political shifts.
- Security Measures: Heavy security has been deployed around the assembly and residences of key leaders to prevent any untoward incidents.
The Bihar floor test remains a tense affair, with the outcome hinging on the NDA’s ability to maintain its claimed majority. Nitish Kumar’s past political maneuvers cast a shadow of uncertainty, while the opposition keeps a watchful eye. The test will not only determine the government’s immediate fate but also send a message about political stability in Bihar and beyond.
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