In Bihar, Nitish Kumar has once again switched sides and broke the alliance with the BJP and formed the government with the Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD)-led Grand Alliance.
This development in Bihar has also affected the Rajya Sabha and the strength of the ruling National Democratic Alliance (NDA) in the house has reduced. This will increase its dependence on other neutral parties.
Let us tell you the current status of Rajya Sabha in detail.
What was the situation before the breakup of the alliance?
The NDA had a total of 115 MPs, including five nominated and one independent, in the Rajya Sabha before Nitish broke the alliance with the BJP.
Five of these MPs were from Nitish’s Janata Dal United (JDU). Not only this, the Deputy Chairman of Rajya Sabha Harivansh also comes from JDU.
The current strength of Rajya Sabha is 237 and the majority figure is 119. This means that even before Nitish broke the alliance, the NDA did not have an absolute majority in the Rajya Sabha.
What’s the situation now?
After breaking the alliance of JDU, now the number of NDA MPs in Rajya Sabha is 110, which is nine less than the majority. While this figure may rise slightly and the government will have a chance to nominate three MPs before the winter session, the BJP may also win a Rajya Sabha seat in Tripura.
This will take the total number of NDA MPs to 114, but it will still need neutral parties to get the bill passed.
Which parties from outside support NDA?
Talking about neutral parties supporting NDA, Biju Janata Dal (BJD) and YSR Congress (YSRCP) have been supporting the government on most of the issues and this can be expected in future also. Both these parties have nine MPs each in the Rajya Sabha.
Apart from this, the government also got the support of parties like Shiromani Akali Dal and Bahujan Samaj Party in the Presidential and Vice Presidential elections. These parties can support the government even further.
Three allies have left BJP in three years
Let us tell you that in the last three years, JDU is the third such ally which has broken the alliance with the BJP. Before that Shiv Sena and Akali Dal have also broken the alliance with BJP.
Shiv Sena had left the BJP for the chief minister’s post after the 2019 Maharashtra Assembly elections, while the Akali Dal broke its alliance with the BJP during the farmers’ agitation.
Earlier, before the 2019 Lok Sabha elections, the Telugu Desam Party (TDP) also pulled out of the NDA.