New Delhi, Feb 17: Bihar Chief Minister Jitan Ram Manjhi is not new to controversies. Latest in the lists is his statement that 90 per cent of men date other men's wife. He said so in an interview to a leading magazine, when he was asked about his son being caught having an affair with a married police woman.
Speaking to the India Today Group, Manjhi said, "Only 2-5 per cent men go on outings with their wives. Others go out on dates with other men's wives. There is nothing wrong in having a girlfriend. If you go to Patna's Eco park it's not only unmarried people who are hanging out together. If both the man and the woman are adults and their relationship is consensual, there is nothing wrong in having an affair. This a personal choice."
At present the legal age for marriage in India is 21 years for men and 18 years for women.
He was also quoted as saying in the report, "As a Chief Minister I would forgive a poor person if he is caught indulging in black marketing and hoarding. Punishment must have a discretionary quota. If poor people who are barely being able to make ends meet indulge in wrong doing then we have to be lenient with them. The law must come down on the rich thieves and not the poor."
Meanwhile, Manjhi, who returned from Delhi on Tuesday, cancelled his official programmes and was closeted with ministers and legislators to draw up the strategy for the 20 February trust vote.
State Art and Culture minister Vinay Bihari, who received Manjhi at the airport told reporters "We are confident of proving majority on the floor of House on February 20."
Though BJP is yet to spell out its strategy on confidence vote, he said "Our talks with senior BJP leaders in Delhi have been positive."
(With inputs from agencies)