Should there be some requisite qualification for the job of politicians, as is the case with other professions? While the debate over it may continue, here is a peep into the wide-ranging list of qualifications of representatives from Bihar in the 14th Lok Sabha.
Bihar had it all—from three non-matriculates to an equal number of engineering degree/diploma holders, a medical practitioner and also a priest.
There were four Ph.D degree holders as well. Among the professional degree holders, however, LLB seemed to be the hot choice, though RJD MP from Khagaria, Rabindra Kumar Rana, added to the range with a veterinary degree.
Around nine members of the outgoing Lok Sabha possessed LLB degree, as an add-on to their graduation and post-graduation degrees.
The RJD MPs seemed to have a real penchant for law. Of the nine law degree holders were six from the RJD, including party chief Lalu Prasad. Giving him company from outside was his UPA ally, LJP president Ram Vilas Paswan.
Suraj (Bhan) Singh from Balia and Rajesh Kumar Manjhi from Gaya and JD-U MP Kailash Baitha from Bagaha were the only two non-matriculate MPs, while there were three matriculates and an equal number had studied up to intermediate.
Rest had pursued regular higher education. There were eleven graduates, including one with BA (Maulvi) degree (Taslimuddin). BJP MP from Buxar Lalmuni Choubey could complete his B.Sc. up to Part II stage only.
Among the graduates, a majority was from science stream. In post-graduation, however, the trend reversed, with Raghuvansh Prasad Singh (a Ph.D. in Maths), being the only exception. All the three Ph.D. degree holders were from the RJD, the other two being Md Shahbuddin and Akhilesh Prasad Singh.
The lone medical practitioner in the ranks was Congress MP from Madhubani, Dr Shakeel Ahmad while the engineering degree holders included Md Ali Fatmi and Alok Kumar Mehta. Shahnawaz Hussain had Diploma in Engineering.