For all the young girls who fancy marrying lawmakers, here's an alert: Single and eligible Bihar MLAs are flying off the shelves. Soon, the only ones that will still remain available will answer to the description of 'chronic bachelor'.
The first 'still single' legislator to be 'taken' is Patna West BJP MLA Nitin Navin. He got married in Ranchi on Saturday to Dr Deepmala, a qualified vet who serves as an officer in State Bank of India. It took Nitin (now 31) almost four years since the untimely death in December 2005 of his father, the then Patna West MLA Navin Kishore Prasad Sinha, to prepare for a family life of his own.
"Until now, I had my hands full in coming to terms will my father's sudden death and the liabilities that ensued. These included getting my younger sister married in 2007 and some degree of financial stability", he recalls. The next lawmaker to walk around the sacred fire will be Asthawan JD-U MLA Jitendra Kumar (31). He will bid adieu to his bachelorhood at a function in the State Capital on December 2.
Why so late? "My ex-MLA father died in 1991, when I was just 13. Since then, it has been a struggle and a challenge to become someone and stand on my own feet", he confesses.
Too little prem of the romantic kind has been the problem with the irretrievably single Surajgarha BJP MLA Prem Ranjan Patel. "I am fine with my rashtra prem and samaj prem", he insists. But his parents worry. Patel, a youngish 38, has been a long time associate of cine star and Patna Saheb MP Shatrughan Sinha. But any consequent exposure to glamour has not helped Prem kindle any romance with possibilities.
Harnaut JD-U MLA Engineer Sunil Kumar's bachelorhood has its explanation in the delay in the marriage of his 45-year-old elder brother. "He is expected to tie the knot soon. Then, it'll be my turn", explains Kumar (38). A failed attempt to wed during his JNU (New Delhi) days in the 1990s has turned three-term Nokha BJP MLA Rameshwar Chaurasia into a chronic bachelor.
Now 45, this son of an "illiterate farmer" (his words) says his stint in politics has been such a struggle to survive he never had time to think of marriage. "Without a political godfather, it has been tough to keep my head above water", he says.
Chaurasia has no immediate wedding plans. "But, then, who knows?" he laughs.