Rabri Devi, the wife of Lalu Prasad Yadav, is an Indian politician of Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD) who has served as the CM of Bihar for three terms. She was installed as the CM of Bihar for the first time in July 1997 after the previous CM Lalu Yadav was convicted in a fodder scam case, popularly known as “Chara Ghotala.” She was the first women to be appointed as the CM of Bihar, and even until today, no woman has been able to chair the coveted post.
Rabri Devi was born on Sunday, 1 January 1956 (age 65 years; as of 2020) in Salarkala, Line Bazar, Gopalganj, Bihar. She studied till 8th standard and then left the school. My Neta In 1973, at the age of 17, she got married to Lalu Prasad Yadav, who was then active in student politics.
Family & Caste
Parents & Siblings
Husband & Children
Rabri Devi got married to Lalu Yadav at the age of 18 on 1 June 1973. They went on to have nine children: two sons – Tej Pratap Yadav (first) and Tejashwi Yadav (second), and seven daughters – Misa Bharti (politician; eldest), Rohini Acharya (second), Chanda Singh (third), Ragini Yadav (fourth), Hema Yadav (fifth), Anushka Rao (sixth), and Rajlaxmi Singh (youngest). All of them, except Tejashwi Yadav, are married.
From Homemaker to CM
The appointment of Rabri Devi as the CM of Bihar in 1997 was considered the most shocking political incident not only in Bihar politics but also in the politics of the entire country. There are two stories, which are told in various political circles as the reason behind Rabri Devi being suddenly made the CM of Bihar. According to the first concept, it is believed that when Lalu Yadav realised that his chair was in danger, he hurriedly handed over his post to his wife, Rabri Devi, who was a total rookie at politics till that time and was only identified as a homemaker and the wife of Lalu Yadav. Now, coming to the other story, which Lalu Yadav himself has told in his autobiography “Gopalganj to Raisina Road: My Political Journey,” and which is completely contrary to the first concept. In this book, Lalu Yadav writes that the suggestion of transferring the Bihar’s CM post to Rabri Devi was first given to him by the then Indian National Congress’ (INC) president Sitaram Kesri; however, he laughed off his suggestion at that time. Then, on the evening of 24 July 1997, Lalu Yadav called a meeting of RJD MLA’s at his residence and announced,
I have decided to resign from the post of CM. I request all of you to maintain unity in this time of crisis and choose your leader as Chief Minister.”
As per Lalu Yadav, he did not name Rabri Devi or any other person for the post of CM in this meeting. According to him, in the meeting, his minister-level colleagues including Raghuvansh Prasad Singh, Jagadananda Singh, and Mahavir Jha, who were very close to him, put forward Rabri Devi’s name for the post of CM of Bihar. All the MLAs also unanimously agreed on the name of Rabri Devi. After Lalu Yadav left his chair due to the fodder scam, his semi-literate wife, Rabri Devi, stepped out of the kitchen of her house and settled directly on the chair of the Chief Minister of Bihar.
She served as the CM of Bihar for three terms from 1997 to 2005. Her first chief ministerial tenure was between 25 July 1997 – 11 February 1999, the second was between 9 March 1999 – 2 March 2000, and the third and the last was between 11 March 2000 to 6 March 2005.
In 2005, Rabri Devi successfully contested her first Assembly election from Vaishali’s Raghopur Assembly constituency. In the 2010 Bihar Legislative Assembly election, Rabri Devi contested election from Raghopur as well as Sonpur assembly seats again and ended up losing from both the seats. She then contested from Saran constituency in the 2014 Lok Sabha election but lost again.
In 2019, Aishwarya Rai, the estranged wife of her son Tej Pratap Yadav lodged an FIR against Rabri Devi, Tej Pratap Yadav, and Misa Bharti, accusing them of torturing her when she was staying at their house. The Hindu
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- She has three cars, Maruti 800 Car, Military Disposal Jeep, and Mercedes Benz, registered to her name.
- She has mentioned “Business and Social Service” as her occupations in her declaration affidavit to the Election Comision of India.