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'Bowing before majority': Bihar assembly speaker Vijay Sinha resigns ahead of floor test

Vijay Kumar Sinha, a BJP leader, claimed that the motion was based on "false" charges against him, and brought without taking care of "legislative rules". Earlier, he had asserted that he will not resign despite a no-confidence motion moved by MLAs of the ruling 'Mahagathbandhan'.

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First Published Aug 24, 2022, 11:40 AM IST

Bihar Assembly Speaker Vijay Kumar Sinha on Wednesday resigned from the position ahead of a special session wherein the new government will prove its majority.  "Bowing before majority, I resign as speaker," PTI quoted Sinha as saying inside Bihar Assembly. 

Prior to this, Sinha declared that he would not step down despite a motion for no confidence being made by members of the government's "Mahagathbandhan." BJP leader Sinha stated that the motion was moved without following "legislative rules" and was based on "false" accusations against him.

He further said, the no-confidence motion, which seems to have cared little for rules ('sansadiya niyam'), he has accused of partisanship ('pakshapat') and a dictatorial attitude ('tanashahi'). Both allegations are blatantly false. "Resigning in such circumstances will hurt my self respect," he added.

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The no-confidence motion against him, according to Sinha, was ambiguous since eight out of the nine letters that were received did not follow the rules.

As many as seven parties are supporting the Bihar ‘Mahagathbandhan’ government. JD(U) with 45 MLAs, RJD with 79 MLAs, Congress with 19 MLAs, CPI-ML with 12 MLAs, Jiten Ram Majhi's Hindustani Awam Morcha (Secular) with 4 MLAs, and 2 each from CPI and CPM are the parties that support the ruling coalition. Sumit Kumar Singh, a state minister and independent lawmaker, has also lent his support to the governing "Grand Alliance."

The majority or "magic number" in the 243-member Bihar Vidhan Sabha is 122. The ruling alliance, which counts 163 MLAs and includes the single-largest party RJD, is expected to easily pass the floor test. The BJP, on the other hand, just has 77 MLAs.

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