The Bihar Legislative Assembly witnessed an uproar today after Leader of Opposition Tejashwi Yadav made a personal comment on Chief Minister Nitish Kumar. Amidst the pandemonium, Deputy Chief Minister Tarkishore Prasad termed the statement of the LoP as “shameful”. He said that such statements should not be made in the house.
“Tejashwi should follow decorum,” Prasad said, adding, “There should be no such comment about the chief minister. This is the beginning of a wrong tradition.”
After a display of anger, however, Nitish Kumar was seen in a lighter mood in the evening. He quipped, “During the election campaign we joked on the fertility rate. It seems that hurt somebody.”
Tejashwi Yadav had posed a question about Nitish Kumar’s children
Tejashwi Yadav, apparently still in the election campaign mode, had made a personal comment on Chief Minister Nitish Kumar in the house. He had said, “Nitish Kumar used to talk about the nine children of Lalu in his election meetings. He used to say that Lalu did not have any faith in his daughters and, hence, produced nine children expecting he would eventually get sons too.”
“I would like to ask whether Nitish Kumar was afraid of having a daughter due to which he never tried to have another child?” Tejashwi said.
Apart from this, the LoP from the RJD said, “Dragging my sisters into politics did not behove a chief minister.”
Nitish Kumar in the evening told reporters he was joking during the campaign. “We kept talking about the fertility rate, wherein we jokingly said something. Some people assume what I said must have been about them.”
The chief minister added, “Tejashwi Yadav should not talk like that. Nobody should talk loosely inside the house.”
Reports of the period of the campaign for Bihar election show Nitish Kumar had not named Lalu Prasad Yadav while making the jibe. The number of children of the former chief minister and fodder-scam accused has been a matter of jokes nationwide since the 1990s when he rose to eminence after being a little-known activist since the 1970s when he was a socialist activist under the banner of INC rebel Jayaprakash Narayan fondly referred to as “JP”.