Rabri Devi

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Rabri Devi
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27th, 28th & 30th Chief Minister of Bihar
In office
11 March 2000 – 6 March 2005
Preceded by Nitish Kumar
Succeeded by President's rule
In office
9 March 1999 – 2 March 2000
Preceded by President's rule
Succeeded by Nitish Kumar
In office
25 July 1997 – 11 February 1999
Preceded by Lalu Prasad Yadav
Succeeded by President's rule
Personal details
Born Gopalganj, Bihar
Political party RJD
Spouse(s) Lalu Prasad Yadav
Residence Patna
Religion Hindu

Rabri Devi (born 1959) served three terms as the Chief Minister, of Bihar, India, as a member of the Rashtriya Janata Dal political party, between 1997 and 2005. She is the wife of the Indian politician Lalu Prasad Yadav, former Chief Minister of Bihar and former Railway Minister of India, who was later convicted and jailed for embezzlement.[1] Devi has subsequently been a Member of the Legislative Council for Bihar Vidhan Parishad.[citation needed]


Political career[edit]

Devi's appointment as the Chief Minister of Bihar was considered as one of the most unexpected and awkward decisions[citation needed] of the entire Indian political history because she was a traditional housewife and had no interest nor any prior experience in politics until then.[citation needed] The move fitted well with the needs of the government in power at the time as Lalu Prasad Yadav had to quit as the Chief Minister of Bihar after the Fodder scam was revealed, but he was alleged to have been controlling the affairs by giving his wife the coveted post of the head of the state government.[citation needed] It was alleged that he continued to act and administer as a de facto chief minister with his wife being a ceremonial head.[citation needed] She became the first woman Chief Minister of Bihar on 25 July 1997.[2]

Criticism[edit]

The appointment of Rabri Devi as the Chief Minister of Bihar came under severe satirical criticism and stiff opposition, because she was nearly illiterate[3][4] and had little experience or interest in politics.[5]

Personal life[edit]

Rabri Devi married Lalu Prasad Yadav in 1973[2] at the age of 14 and having nine children that are, 7 girls and 2 boys.

References[edit]

  1. ^ India corruption: Laloo Prasad Yadav jailed for five years - BBC News, 3 Oct 2013
  2. ^ a b "Rabri Devi". Hindustan Times. 7 February 2005. Archived from the original on 30 September 2007. 
  3. ^ "'I am not subordinate to Lalooji'", Rediff, February 22, 2000
  4. ^ "Profile: Laloo Prasad Yadav", BBC
  5. ^ "'My name will be there on the pages of history'", Rediff, February 23, 2000


Preceded by
Lalu Prasad Yadav
Chief Minister of Bihar
1997—1999
Succeeded by
President's rule
Preceded by
President's rule
Chief Minister of Bihar
1999—2000
Succeeded by
Nitish Kumar
Preceded by
Nitish Kumar
Chief Minister of Bihar
2000—2005
Succeeded by
President's rule