Patna: The political landscape in Bihar has been engulfed in a heated controversy as Chief Minister Nitish Kumar faces severe backlash over his recent remarks on women in the state assembly. The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) has launched a scathing attack on Kumar, with BJP MP from Delhi, Manoj Tiwari, delivering a stinging rebuke.
In his sharp criticism, Tiwari expressed dismay over Kumar’s comments, stating, “Nitish Kumar ji does not comprehend the gravity of his indecent remarks. His words have shattered the dignity of the House. Once an advocate for women, his affiliation with the RJD seems to have unhinged his mental balance. This is not the Nitish ji we knew during his tenure with the Bharatiya Janata Party.”
Highlighting their longstanding support for Kumar, Tiwari recalled the extensive efforts to elevate him to the position of Chief Minister in 2004 and the subsequent eradication of lawlessness in Bihar. However, following his departure from the BJP, the party had refrained from commenting on his actions until now. Tiwari emphasized that Kumar’s recent statements had breached all ethical boundaries.
Prime Minister Modi also voiced his condemnation of Kumar’s remarks, expressing his astonishment at the lack of response from the opposition coalition ‘India’ despite the blatant disrespect towards women. Without directly mentioning Nitish Kumar, PM Modi underscored his role as a prominent leader in the ‘India Alliance’ and accused him of orchestrating various political maneuvers to overthrow the current central government.
During a session discussing population control in the Bihar Assembly, Chief Minister Nitish Kumar sparked controversy by stating, “Because of education, women in the state have been able to control the population. Nowadays, due to their education, women refuse to engage in sexual activities with their husbands after marriage, leading to a decline in the population growth.”
Following the widespread backlash, Nitish Kumar issued an apology, stating, “I have come to understand that my remarks have caused offense to many. My intention was to underscore the importance of women’s empowerment and the role of literacy in population control. If my words have hurt anyone’s sentiments, I sincerely apologize and retract my statement.”