A day after Bihar’s Aurangabad District Magistrate (DM) Kanwal Tanuj courted controversy saying that people who cannot afford a toilet, should sell their wives; Samajwadi Party (SP) on Monday condemned the incident and demanded Nitish Kumar to take strict action against the official.

Calling out to Bihar Chief Minister, senior SP leader Juhi Singh said, “I would want to urge the government and state CM Nitish Kumar to take strict action against him.”

Speaking further, Juhi hit out on DM Kanwal Tanuj and said that the official’s salary comes out of the tax payers’ money and he cannot talk to people like this.

“He is an IAS officer and they are trained to have control on their language. Their salary comes out of the tax paid by people,” she said.

The incident took place on Saturday as Tanuj was addressing a public gathering during a cleanliness drive in Jamhore village of the Aurangabad district to promote Swachh Bharat campaign.

“Due to lack of toilets, women get raped and harassed. It only costs Rs. 12,000 for the construction of the toilet. Is 12,000 more than anyone’s wife’s dignity? Who can let her wife get raped in return of Rs. 12000?” Tanuj said.

Those who cannot build a toilet for their wives should sell or auction their wives, he added.

According to a cleanliness survey — Swachh Survekshan-2017 — undertaken in May in 434 cities by the Urban Development Ministry as part of the Narendra Modi government’s “Swachh Bharat Abhiyan,” Bihar’s Bagaha stood third when it comes to the dirtiest cities in India.