"Lost his memory, really shameful": BJP's all-out attack on Nitish Kumar over birth control remarks

Lucknow (Uttar Pradesh) | November 8, 2023 3:22:15 PM IST
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Aparna Yadav, BJP leader from Uttar Pradesh, on Wednesday demanded the resignation of Chief Minister Nitish Kumar over his derogatory remarks on birth control a day before.

Terming the statement by the JDU Supremo "really shameful", the BJP leader called on people to keep in mind (such comments) when they come out to vote in next year's Lok Sabha elections.

Hitting back at CM Nitish while speaking to ANI, the BJP leader said, "First of all, being a woman, I am angry at (his) statement. I don't think he (CM Nitish Kumar) should have made this statement... This kind of statement by Bihar's CM is really shameful for the whole country..."

"Now when the elections (Lok Sabha) happen in (2024), people in Bihar should remember what kind of people they are voting for... He should resign," she added.

Joining her, party leader Vijay Sinha went on to say that CM has "lost his memory".

"His statements are (meant) to shame women. This is the land of the Maa Janki. The whole country saw how he embarrassed women in the Assembly. CM has lost his memory... He should resign... He is no more worthy of sitting in the Assembly...," Sinha said.

Chaotic scenese were witnessed in the Bihar Assembly during the ongoing Winter Session on Wednesday, as Opposition members rushed to the well raising slogans against Chief Minister Nitish Kumar over his objectionable remarks on birth control the day before.

"I apologise and take back my words," the Bihar CM told reporters after BJP legislators did not allow him to enter the legislative assembly.

On Tuesday, speaking on the floor of the Assembly, the Bihar Chief Minister said women should be educated as it would enable them to avoid sexual intercourse from resulting in pregnancy.

Addressing the Winter Session of the Assembly during a debate on caste census on Tuesday, the CM made bizarre remarks while underlining the need for girls' education to check population growth in the state.

Kumar, in his address to the Assembly, claimed that the fertility rate of the state, which was earlier at 4.3 per cent, has now dropped to 2.9 per cent per a report last year.

His remarks drew outrage from the BJP as well as the chairperson of the National Commission for Women (NCW), who demanded that he tender an unconditional apology.

In a scathing riposte to Bihar Chief Minister, Union Minister of State for Home, Nityanand Rai said that the Bihar Chief Minister has lost his "mental stability."

"It's objectionable; Nitish Kumar has lost his mental stability the way he spoke about women. Tejashwi Yadav's statement in its support is also objectionable. Nitish Kumar is no longer worthy of holding the position of CM. You have destroyed the culture of this country. He should apologise and detach himself from politics," Rai said.

BJP spokesperson Shehzad Poonawalla attacked the Bihar CM sayingd his statement was "despicable and anti-women".

"The comments made by Nitish Kumar were despicable, disgusting, atrocious, obnoxious and women 'virodhi'. It only shows the impact of the influence of RJD...If they think like this and speak like this in the assembly, imagine what the plight of the women in Bihar...Tejaswhi Yadav has justified the statement and said it is sex education. It only shows the level this alliance is following," Shehzad Poonawalla said.

Defending Nitish Kumar, Bihar Deputy CM Tejashwi Yadav said that it was wrong to misinterpret the Chief Minister's remarks as he was speaking about sex education.

"Let me tell you one thing. It is wrong if someone misinterprets it. The remarks of the CM were regarding sex education. People are hesitant whenever the topic of sex education is discussed. This is now taught in schools. Science and biology are taught in schools. Children learn it. He said what should be done practically to stop the increase in population. This should not be taken in a wrong manner. It should be taken as a sex education," Yadav said. (ANI