Bihar speaker resigns: Minutes before the floor test in Bihar Assembly, Speaker Vijay Kumar Sinha resigned from his post. Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar, who parted ways with the BJP to ally with the Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD), is set to face a trust vote in the state assembly on Wednesday. The 'Mahagathbandhan', which comprises Bihar chief minister's JD(U), besides RJD, Congress, CPI(ML), CPI and CPI(M), has a combined strength of more than 160 in the 243-strong House.
In a surprise move, the Speaker tendered his resignation while addressing the Assembly over no-confidence Motion against him. The speaker had adjourned the House till 2:00 PM.
"The Chair is 'Panch Parmeshwar'. What message do you want to give by casting suspicions on the Chair? People will make a decision," Speaker Vijay Kumar Sinha said in the House as he spoke on the No-confidence Motion against him. "I would like to tell you that your No-confidence Motion (against him - the Speaker) is unclear. Eight of the nine people's letters, which were received, were not as per rule," he added.
"In the same House that gave me the honour of being the Speaker, I had said earlier that I won't resign outside. I'll speak on matters related to the Assembly, in the Assembly. I presented the entire issue before all MLAs. Not only Bihar but the people of the entire country saw this. The decision is in their hands - how true or untrue it is," VK Sinha, BJP MLA after resigning as Assembly Speaker said.
Deputy Speaker Maheshwar Hazari has taken the charge of Speaker. According to reports, Session will be extended for one day.