Nitish Kumar Stirs Controversy with Remarks on Lalu Prasad's Tenure as Bihar CM

Bihar CM Nitish Kumar's controversial remarks on Lalu Yadav's family reignite political rivalry, as Tejashwi Yadav emerges as the main challenger to Kumar's rule in Bihar.

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Nitish Kumar Stirs Controversy with Remarks on Lalu Prasad's Tenure as Bihar CM

Nitish Kumar Stirs Controversy with Remarks on Lalu Prasad's Tenure as Bihar CM

Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar sparked a political firestorm on Thursday while campaigning in Kathiaron, where he made controversial statements about his rival Lalu Prasad Yadav's tenure as the state's chief minister. Kumar accused Yadav of not doing any work during his time in office and "only fathering children" in an effort to settle them in politics.

Although Kumar did not mention anyone by name, his remarks appeared to be directed at Yadav's family, including his wife Rabri Devi and their children. Kumar questioned the need to "have so many children" and said that "first sons were promoted and now is the turn of daughters," referring to Yadav's children contesting the Lok Sabha polls.

Tejashwi Yadav, Lalu Prasad's son and the RJD leader, responded to Kumar's comments by saying that while the chief minister has the right to say what he wants, making personal remarks will not benefit the people of Bihar. "He is a respected person and his words are a blessing, but he is not speaking about election issues and instead making personal allegations," Tejashwi said.

Misa Bharti, Lalu Prasad's elder daughter who is contesting from Patliputra, also reacted to Kumar's remarks. She stated that Kumar was aware of these facts when the JD(U) was part of the 'Grand Alliance' in Bihar and alleged that the BJP is reluctant to invite Kumar to its election rallies.

Why this matters: Nitish Kumar's controversial comments have reignited the political rivalry between him and the Yadav family, with the Bihar CM's remarks seen as an attack on Lalu Prasad's dynastic politics. The war of words comes as Tejashwi Yadav has emerged as the main challenger to Kumar's long-standing rule in Bihar.

RJD leader Mrityunjay Tiwari accused Kumar of making personal attacks on Lalu Prasad Yadav out of nervousness, claiming the chief minister is "sure of his defeat." This is not the first time Kumar has made controversial statements, as he had earlier drawn criticism for his comments on the role of women's education in population control. As the Lok Sabha elections heat up in Bihar, the exchange between Kumar and the RJD is likely to intensify in the coming days.

Key Takeaways

  • Nitish Kumar accused Lalu Prasad Yadav of not working and only producing children for politics.
  • Tejashwi Yadav and Misa Bharti criticized Kumar's personal remarks, saying they don't benefit Bihar.
  • Kumar's comments reignited the political rivalry between him and the Yadav family over dynastic politics.
  • RJD accused Kumar of making personal attacks out of nervousness about his defeat in the elections.
  • The exchange between Kumar and RJD is likely to intensify as Lok Sabha elections heat up in Bihar.