Nitish Kumar wins trust vote, seals his position

However, the fact that he had made up his mind to abandon the alliance has been very clear for some time now. "He had received such a thumping victory in the Assembly polls as he was part of the secular alliance, whereas when he fought alone the JD (U) won just two Lok Sabha seats", Mr. Haris pointed out.

"In Bihar, every political and democratic principle was murdered in broad daylight and a government of BJP-JD-U has been formed today, which neither has the people's mandate nor the authority to rule".

In another setback to RJD chief Lalu Prasad, the Patna high court refused to hear RJD's plea challenging the formation of the new government in Bihar.

As noted, despite their years of political rivalry and a brief period of truce in the last two years, Lalu Prasad Yadav and Nitish Kumar are widely referred to as "Bade Bhai" (elder brother) and "Chhotey Bhai" (younger brother) in Bihar.

The result of the floor test, held a day after he took office for the sixth time in 12 years, leaving Lalu Yadav-led RJD and embracing former ally BJP, was a foregone conclusion, given the numerical superiority of his bloc.

Sushil Modi said the grand alliance had died a natural death. Surprisingly, though, 40% of Congress voters and 30% of RJD voters too support his decision. In the recently concluded Uttar Pradesh (UP) Assembly Elections, Kumar wanted a political alliance with Congress. Governor Keshari Nath Tripathi administered the oath to 26 new ministers at the Raj Bhawan.

"We got the vote to work for the people and not to enjoy". After Goa and Manipur, it was the state of Bihar where the Narendra Modi-Amit Shah duo deployed their political technology in a way that would give competition to the most Machiavellian of strategists.

The survey also found that Nitish Kumar's supposed popularity in Bihar is not borne out in electoral numbers but it is because of his maneuvering of electoral alliances and taking advantage of India's first-past-the-post electoral system.

It said, "It seems that the BJP itself has made Pakistan happy by collaborating with Nitish". "BJP hasn't forgotten in 2013 he kicked them out badly without telling?" It was common knowledge that Lalu's sons, particularly the ambitious Tejashwi, would never let go of an opportunity to flout the chief minister's authority. He did not even order a statutory inquiry. Nitish Kumar had met both Sonia and Rahul urging them to convince Tejaswi Yadav to resign. A murmur of dissent in the party is growing and will soon turn loud.

Manju Verma of Nitish Kumar's JD (U) was the lone woman minister to be sworn in. His volte-face, unsurprisingly, has earned Nitish the derision of being labelled "Kursi Kumar'".

Meanwhile, the stand taken up by the Congress in Bihar politics has called for the party to introspect on its stand against corruption. The French thought Petain would resurrect the nation's morale.

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