Lalu, son face crisis due to my curse: Shabnam Mausi
RJD chief Lalu Prasd Yadav (69) may not remember once his party’s face in Madhya Pradesh Shabnam Mausi (57) yet Mausi believes the tragedy befalling Yadav and his son is a result of her cursebhopal Updated: Jul 20, 2017 22:15 IST
Amidst the crisis on personal and political fronts the RJD chief Lalu Prasd Yadav (69) may not remember once his party’s face in Madhya Pradesh Shabnam Mausi (57) far away from Patna yet Mausi believes the tragedy befalling Yadav and his son is a result of her curse given his alleged act of betrayal about a decade back.
Shabnam won Sohagpur assembly seat by-poll in February 2000 by a margin of over 17800 votes to become the first eunuch MLA in the country and create a history of sorts.
Talking to the Hindustan Times Shabnam who lost 2008 assembly elections on a RJD ticket from Kotma assembly constituency while securing a meager 560 votes and getting her security deposit forfeited said she was deeply pained because of Lalu’s betrayal.
She said he had promised a financial support to her and also that he would campaign for her but neither Lalu nor any of the party members campaigned for her resulting in her defeat. She had to spend lakhs of rupees on her campaign from her own savings.
“Since the constituency has a good number of people from Bihar and Uttar Pradesh Lalu Yadav’s presence in the constituency during the elections would have helped her a lot. But despite her requests he didn’t visit the constituency”, she added.
Shabnam said she was deeply pained because of Lalu’s betrayal but what infuriated her was Lalu’s act of making mockery of her electoral loss and asking one of his colleagues to give Rs 10000 to her for a fare during her visit to Lalu’s residence in Patna immediately after 2008 assembly election. That’s why she cursed him that the way he had caused pain and agony to her he and his family would suffer the same fate.
However, Lalu’s loss is his once arch rival and now an ally but supposedly not on cordial terms Bihar chief minister Nitish Kumar’s gain. Shabnam is full of praise for him and said it was good on Nitish Kumar’s part to get out of ‘daldal’ (murshy land).
Shabnam’s reference was Nitish Kumar’s strained relation with Lalu on the issue of his and his son’s alleged controversial land deals.
Disappointed with Lalu and regional parties she said she would either join Cong or BJP for the next assembly election depending on which of the two parties is to approach her.
Shabnam’s win in 2000 was a major blow to the then Congress government sending out a strong signal to the then chief minister Digvijaya Singh that people were so upset with his government that they preferred to send a eunuch to the assembly. Congress suffered a major political setback when it got all time low number in the assembly at 38 seats in 2003 assembly elections.
However, she couldn’t repeat her performance since then having lost 2003 and 2008 assembly elections and 2009 Lok Sabha election in Madhya Pradesh and 2012 assembly election in Uttar Pradesh.
Born in the family of a police officer Shabnam had to leave her parents home at the age of 11 as she was handed over to the eunuch community. Shabnam knows about a dozen languages and has had a film on her life- Shabnam Mausi.
First Published: Jul 20, 2017 22:15 IST