Tejashwi Yadav, the leader of opposition in Bihar Assembly, called out the speech made by Chief Minister Nitish Kumar where he had referred to Lalu Prasad Yadav, the Rashtriya Janata Dal president, and his large family, without mentioning them by name, and had said it showed Lalu’s preference of male children. Lalu Prasad Yadav’s younger son said the youngest child of his parents was a girl, born after two sons. The 31-year-old leader, whose party emerged the single largest party in the just concluded elections, also referred to Nitish Kumar’s ‘8-9 children’ jibe during campaigning.
The Rashtriya Janata Dal leader, who was taking part in the debate on the Governor’s address to the newly constituted Assembly, expressed dismay that while he focused on people’s issues during the elections, the ruling National Democratic Alliance (NDA) resorted to personal attacks.
Reacting to this, an angry Nitish Kumar called the allegations absurd and lies. He said he has been ignoring Tejashwi’s comments since he happens to be the son of a brother-like friend and hope that he will mend his ways. As the pandemonium continued, the leaders of the treasury and opposition benches trooped into the well and nearly came to blows before the marshals stepped in.
Nitish said that it was because of him that Lalu Yadav became legislature party leader of the erstwhile Janata Dal in 1990 and Tejashwi became the Deputy CM in 2015. Nitish said despite this, Tejashwi has the guts to speak like this. He failed to explain the corruption charges against me, Nitish added. Everyone knows the court orders in my case and he is still repeating lies, the CM said.
Right from the start of the session, the opposition has been on the offensive and it had also forced an election for the Speaker’s post, which also witnessed adjournments and furore. The election was won by Vijay Kumar Sinha. As the pandemonium continued, the marshals stepped in. Speaker Sinha adjourned the House for half an hour. It is the last day of the five-day session.