The mother of murder convict and MP Pappu Yadav is just seven years older than him, she has said in the affidavit she filed while entering the Lok Sabha polls as an independent candidate for the Purnia seat. She is being supported by the Congress.
Shanti Priya has said in the sworn affidavit that she is 49 years old.
Pappu Yadav, who has been barred from contesting elections by the Patna High Court after his conviction, had declared he was 37 years old in the affidavit submitted by him during the 2004 Lok Sabha elections. Going by that, he should be 42 now.
In 2004, Pappu Yadav's father Chandra Narayan Yadav had also claimed that he was only seven years older than his son. That claim came in the affidavit he submitted while filing nomination papers to contest polls as an independent from Purnia. However, he had withdrawn from the elections later.
But the wrong information provided by Shanti Priya in her affidavit is being taken seriously and a complaint has been lodged with the Election Commission by another independent candidate.
Pappu Yadav's family members are not the only ones who do not seem to know how old they are. Going by the official Lok Sabha website, Lok Janshakti Party (LJP) chief Ram Vilas Paswan was 23 when he became legislator for the first time in 1969. The Constitution says a candidate has to be at least 25.
The website says Paswan was born July 5, 1946 and entered the state assembly after winning elections in 1969.