Patna/New Delhi, November 8 (Language) Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar on Wednesday apologized in both the houses of the legislature as well as outside it for his remarks a day earlier regarding the importance of women’s education in controlling the population.
The top Janata Dal United (JDU) leader’s comments were criticized by Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leaders and All India Majlis-e-Ittehadul Muslimeen (AIMIM) chief Asaduddin Owaisi. Bihar’s opposition parties created a ruckus in the House demanding Nitish’s resignation, due to which the proceedings of the state legislature had to be adjourned several times today.
The National Commission for Women alleged that the Chief Minister used “derogatory and vulgar language” and asked Bihar Assembly Speaker Awadh Bihari Chaudhary to take strict action against Nitish.
Nitish had made a controversial statement in the state legislature on Tuesday stressing on the importance of education among women to control the population.
When Nitish reached the assembly complex this morning, BJP MLAs held placards in their hands condemning his statements and also demanded his resignation.
Nitish, the state’s longest serving chief minister, stood at the entrance for a few minutes, then moved towards a temporary stage set up nearby where leaders address journalists during the session.
Speaking to reporters, Nitish said, “Today I have come to know that what I said yesterday was not liked by many people.” My intention was to highlight my government’s emphasis on women empowerment and the role of improving literacy among women in population control. However, if anyone’s sentiments have been hurt, I apologize and take back my words.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi criticized Nitish for his “derogatory” comments.
He expressed surprise that despite such “insult” to women, the leaders of the constituent parties of the opposition party ‘Indian National Developmental Inclusive Alliance’ (India) did not utter a single word.
Senior BJP leader Rajiv Pratap Rudy said that Nitish Kumar’s statement is a ‘symbol of perversion’.
Criticizing Nitish, Owaisi said that through his remarks Nitish Kumar has sent a wrong message to the women of the country and Bihar.
However, Chief Minister’s party leader KC Tyagi said, “Parliamentary traditions in a democracy bear witness to the fact that if a leader takes back a statement made by him or expresses regret, the matter would end.” Is. This episode ended after Nitish Kumar apologized and withdrew it, but those who want to keep it alive are doing politics.
Earlier, when the assembly proceedings started at 11 am, BJP members under the leadership of Leader of Opposition Vijay Kumar Sinha reached in front of the podium to express their anger, some of them even lifted the chairs kept for journalists.
Opposition members were raising slogans alleging that the Chief Minister had become “mentally ill” and was therefore unfit to rule Bihar.
Nitish, who was present in the House, stood up from his seat and said, “I told the journalists outside that if my words are found objectionable, I am ready to apologize.” If I have any problem with something then I take back my statement. Even though I did not mean to insult anyone, I condemn myself…. You (opposition members) said that the Chief Minister should feel ashamed, I am not only feeling ashamed, I am expressing sorrow for this. I have been in favor of women.
However, the opposition members continued the ruckus demanding the resignation of the Chief Minister, to which Assembly Speaker Awadh Bihari Choudhary objected and said, “You have no right to question a leader who enjoys the trust of the people.” We will look at the records and if any word is found unparliamentary, it will be removed.
As the uproar by the opposition members continued, the Speaker adjourned the proceedings of the House till 2 pm. After this the Chief Minister went to the Legislative Council, where the proceedings began in the afternoon.
BJP’s Legislative Council Member (MLC) Nivedita Singh demanded Nitish’s resignation. On this the Chief Minister said, “I apologize as I did earlier in front of journalists and in the Assembly.”
During this, the opposition members became angry when Nitish said sarcastically, “These people are making noise because they must have received instructions from above.”
As the opposition continued to create ruckus, Chairman Devesh Chandra Thakur adjourned the House proceedings till 12.50 pm.
When the opposition members continued to create ruckus when the proceedings of the Bihar Legislative Council resumed, the Chairman adjourned the proceedings of the House first till 2.30 pm and then till 12 noon on Thursday.
Outside the council, MLC and state BJP president Samrat Chaudhary said, “Yesterday I had requested the chief minister not to speak irresponsibly as he is the custodian of the House. But he did not agree. “I was surprised when he told reporters this morning that he had just realized that his words had created an uproar.”
Chaudhary alleged, “Now there is no doubt that the Chief Minister’s mental condition is not well and he needs medical advice. He should step down because a mentally unfit person cannot rule the state.
Former chief minister Rabri Devi told PTI Video that she agreed that what Nitish Kumar said was not appropriate, but he has apologized and ‘we should forget it’.
He said, “BJP members do not have the right to speak on such issues. His party rules Manipur, where women were stripped and paraded. The state is on fire and their leadership is careless.
When the proceedings of the State Assembly started after the lunch break, the Speaker had to adjourn the proceedings of the House till 4.50 pm when the ruckus by the opposition members continued.
The Speaker of the Assembly ordered to remove the comments of Leader of Opposition Vijay Kumar Sinha from the proceedings of the House. Stepping up his attack, Sinha said Deputy Chief Minister Tejashwi Yadav should also resign as he had “supported” the Chief Minister.
Meanwhile, the National Commission for Women (NCW) has written a letter to the Assembly Speaker demanding strict action against the Chief Minister for using “derogatory and vulgar language”.
NCW chairperson Rekha Sharma, in her post on “X”, urged Congress leader Priyanka Gandhi Vadra to condemn Nitish Kumar.
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