"As per the letter of support given to the Governor, Nitish Kumar government enjoyed the backing of 118 MLAs of JD(U) including the Speaker and four Independents, taking the tally to 122 in the 238-member House," senior party leader Sushil Kumar Modi told reporters here.
Of this, a minister, Parveen Amanullah resigned from the cabinet and gave up her Assembly membership to join the Aam Admi Party and another JD(U) MLA Damodar Singh died in Jharkhand recently, reducing the Treasury Bench tally to 120, he said.
The four Congress MLAs and a lone CPI member have not given any letter of support to the Governor and just voted in favour of the trust motion moved by Kumar after his break-up with the BJP in June last year, Modi added.
"The Nitish Kumar government is short of numbers and cannot sustain voting on any Bill in the state Legislature," Modi, who is the Leader of Opposition in the state Legislative Council said. The Budget session of the Bihar Assembly and Legislative Council is scheduled to start from February 14.
"Everybody knows about the current strained relationship between JD(U) and Congress after it became clear that the latter will be allying with RJD and LJP in the coming general elections," he said.
On a question on the two BJP MLAs - Awnish Kumar Singh and Rana Gangeshwar Singh - both suspended from the party amid speculation that they would join the JD(U), Sushil Modi said "Several JD(U) legislators and many others are in touch with us."
"By breaking the alliance, Nitish Kumar has created a political turmoil in Bihar and the state will witness many others switching sides during election season," he added.
The BJP leader made light of Nitish Kumar's efforts for forging a non-Congress, non-BJP alternative alliance. "The proposed alliance is full of contradictions," he added.