After winning a fierce battle in the Bihar 2015 elections, the Nitish Kumar cabinet has now decided to call the winter session of the Legislative Assembly beginning November 30. The state cabinet, in its first meeting, recommended convening the session of the Legislative Assembly from November 30 to December 8, Principal Secretary of Cabinet Coordination department, Amir Subhani, said.
He said, the session of the Legislative Council will commence from December 3, and would end on December 8. Giving details, he said that, on the first two days – November 30 and December 1 – the newly-elected MLAs will take oath.
On December 2, the new Speaker of the Legislative Assembly will be elected. Chief Minister Nitish Kumar’s close confidante, Vijay Chaudhary, has been pitted as the front-runner for the post of the Speaker.
Chaudhary, who was number two minister in the outgoing JDU government, did not take oath as a minister, which indicates his chances of becoming the new Speaker. On December 3, Governor Ram Nath Kovind, will address the joint session of the two Houses. There will be no session on December 4 and 5. The House will debate the Governor’s address on December 7, on which the government will reply on the last day of the session on December 8, Subhani said. The state cabinet also authorised the CM on the appointment of Advocate General.
Meanwhile, as Nitish Kumar took over as CM of Bihar for a record fifth time, there are now rumours of Nitish being projected as the next prime ministerial candidate, in 2019. However, the Congress party, has chosen to ignore the idea of projecting the Bihar chief minister Nitish Kumar as a possible prime ministerial candidate of the opposition as suggested by National Conference leader Farooq Abdullah, saying that the Lok Sabha polls are too far away.
“We still have three and a half years to go,” party’s spokesman Ajay Maken told PTI reporters. Asked whether the UPA still exists, Maken said, as far as Bihar is concerned, it was a ‘Mahagathbandhan’. Congress workers see the next Lok Sabha elections to be a tussle between Prime Minister Narendra Modi, and Rahul Gandhi.