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Nitish Kumar to face floor test tomorrow

July 27, 2017 15:18 IST

The new Nitish Kumar-led National Democratic Alliance government in Bihar will seek trust vote in the state assembly on Friday.

"A one-day special session of the Bihar assembly has been convened tomorrow in which the new government will seek trust vote," Principal Secretary, Cabinet Coordination Department, Brajesh Mehrotra told reporters.

Mehrotra said two agendas have been set for the session after a brief meeting of the state Cabinet comprising Chief Minister Nitish Kumar and his deputy Sushil Kumar Modi.

The first agenda was to cancel the decision of the previous grand alliance government to call a five-day Monsoon Session of the two Houses from July 28 to August 3.

"The second agenda was to convene a one-day special session of the assembly tomorrow to take up the trust vote," he said.

Governor Keshari Nath Tripathi has asked the CM to take trust vote within two days of swearing-in.

The Nitish Kumar government has the support of 132 MLAs which included 71 members of Janata Dal-United besides 53 of Bharatiya Janata Party, Rashtriya Lok Samta Party 2, Lok Janshakti Party 2, Hindustani Awam Morcha 1 and Independent 3.

In the 243-member Bihar house the magic figure is 122.

Friday's session is likely to be a stormy one considering the belligerent mood displayed by the RJD which said it was not given a chance to form government despite being the single-largest party.

The Rashtriya Janata Dal has claimed the support of 27 Congress MLAs, 2 Communist Party Party of India-Marxist–Leninist legislators and some Independents.

RJD leaders also claimed many JD-U MLAs, who won the 2015 Bihar assembly polls against the BJP, would cross over to them during the trust vote.

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