Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar and the 'born-again' Janata Dal (United)-BJP government sailed through a trust vote Monday afternoon, after the opposition - the Rashtriya Janata Dal of ex-Deputy Chief Minister Tejashwi Yadav, the Congress and the Left Front - walked out of the Assembly.
The final score was 130-0 in favour of the JDU-BJP alliance, which also managed to flip three vote from Mr Yadav's RJD. The majority mark in the 243-member Assembly was set at 122.
The trust vote follows a no-confidence motion against Bihar assembly Speaker Awadh Bihari Choudhary, who faces removal amid demands from several NDA leaders. The motion was promptly addressed after the Governor's inaugural session address. RJD MP Manoj Jha acknowledged the requirement for the JD(U) and BJP to secure votes from at least half the members for the Speaker's removal, yet this is deemed a hurdle the NDA will likely overcome.