Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar refrained from endorsing Uttar Pradesh’s new and controversial population policy. Kumar said that Bihar rather emphasizes on educating girls to bring down the rate of reproduction. Former CM and Hindustani Awam Morcha (Secular) chief Jitan Ram Manjhi came in open support of CM Nitish Kumar, whose bold stand has divided the state NDA. “In matters of population control, HAM welcomes the statement and ways as given by Nitish Kumar. It is due to the impact of education among girls that the fertility rate of Bihar is less than the national average,” Manjhi tweeted. “Therefore, it is necessary that other states also adopt the Nitish Kumar model on population control,” he added. However, former Bihar deputy chief minister and senior BJP leader Sushil Kumar Modi urged the allies to not make contradictory statements on the issue and suggested that the party sit together and arrive at a common agenda. Meanwhile, with BJP leaders in several states advocating population control policies, Chhattisgarh Chief Minister Bhupesh Baghel said had the Jan Sangh not opposed the then Congress government’s measures in the 1970s, India’s population would have been under control by now.