Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar took no names in his taunt at an election rally about “having eight to nine children in the quest for a son” but his intended target, Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD) leader Tejashwi Yadav, has responded sharply. Tejashwi Yadav, the eighth of former chief ministers Lalu Yadav and Rabri Devi’s nine children, tweeted that even Nitish Kumar’s insults were “blessings” for him. Later, he told reporters that the Chief Minister had insulted “women and my mother’s sentiments”. On Monday, winding down the campaign for the first round of voting on Wednesday, Nitish Kumar attacked Tejashwi Yadav and his father Lalu Yadav. “Does anyone care? They have eight-nine children. They have no faith in daughters. After so many daughters, they had a son. You all can see – this is the kind of Bihar they want to make,” the Chief Minister said. Tejashwi Yadav, who is leading the opposition campaign and has repeatedly needled Nitish Kumar, 69, calling him “mentally and physically tired”, said the words about many children also applies to Prime Minister Narendra Modi as he, too, had many siblings.
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