Bihar, March 11: The JDU-RJD-Congress is working fine in Bihar. Hence, today's confidence vote seems to be just a formality. In fact, Kumar had an easy way to the re-coronation as the CM. He was sworn in as the Chief Minister of Bihar for the fourth time on February 22. He was later directed by Governor Keshari Nath Tripathi to seek a trust vote on March 11.
The JD-U has issued a whip to all its 110 assembly members to issue a trust vote. JD(U) Chief Whip Shrawan Kumar said that as per the 10th schedule of the Constitution, which caters to anti-defection law, a whip has also been issued to Jitan Ram Manjhi and his followers.
But what if, they decide to stay absent from the assembly? Kumar said that even that would be against the whip and action would be taken. RJD chief whip and Maner MLA Bhai Varendra said,"We have decided to support Nitish Kumar and JD-U during the trust vote. Our 24 MLAs are united. A whip will be issued to all of them in the evening, asking them to support the confidence motion."
In fact, the Congress Legispature Party (CLP) leader Sadanand Singh said that the five MLAs belonging to his party will be with Kumar during the floor test and added, "We have already issued a whip to all our MLAs to support Kumar".
BJP MLAs, however, may stay away from the voting as they are "aware of the inevitable outcome". They further added that 87 MLAs would be deciding their strategy during its legislature party meeting in the evening.