RJD boss Lalu Prasad Yadav may have spent a lifetime in Indian politics but he has been beaten to the riches by his wife and late entrant Rabri Devi who succeeded him as chief minister of Bihar.
And Rabri, who Lalu recently said is like a chingari (spark of fire) has also left him behind in ownership of animals. She owns 60 cows and 42 calves worth R17.18 lakh.
Rabri, who is Leader of the Opposition, in her affidavits filed along with her nomination papers for Sonepur and Raghopur seats in the Bihar Assembly elections said she has over R1.41 crore in landed property. In contrast, the building owned by Prasad is valued at R22 lakh at the present market rate.
Rabri also surpasses her husband in terms of bank balance with her deposits in banks, financial institutions and non-banking financial companies over R57 lakh.
Along with her PPF account which has a deposit of R10,41,355, she is obviously richer than her husband as Prasad has just R17.92 lakh, including PPF amount of R8.03 lakh, according to the affidavits.
The affidavits said Rabri has agricultural land worth over R1.07 crore and non-agricultural land worth R31.15 lakh, besides commercial residential building worth R10 lakh. Prasad on the other hand
does not have agricultural land.
Rabri was chief minister from 1997 to 2005 succeeding her husband. She, who along with Prasad, was an accused in a disproportionate assets case but was acquitted.
Lalu has a 1990 model Maruti 800 worth R25,000 and a military disposal jeep purchased in 1977, when he became a Lok Sabha member for the first time, valued at R 20,000.
The RJD chief has jewellery and precious stones worth about R81,600 and his wife approximately R7.62 lakh.