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Misa Bharti

Bio/Wiki
Profession Politician
Famous For Being the eldest child of Indian Politician Lalu Prasad Yadav
Physical Stats & More
Height (approx.) in centimeters– 165 cm
in meters– 1.65 m
in feet & inches– 5’ 5”
Eye Colour Black
Hair Colour Black
Politics
Political Party Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD)
RJD Flag
Political Journey • In 2014, she lost the Lok Sabha election from Patliputra parliamentary seat on the ticket of Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD).
• In 2016, she was elected as a member of Rajya Sabha.
• In 2016, she was appointed as the leader of RJD in Rajya Sabha.
• In 2016, she appointed as a member of the Parliamentary Committee on Food, Consumer Affairs and Public Distribution.
• In 2017, she was appointed as the Member of the Consultative Committee for the Ministry of External Affairs.
• In 2019, she lost the Lok Sabha election from Patliputra parliamentary seat on the ticket of Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD).
Biggest Rival Ram Kripal Yadav (BJP) [1]The Telegraph
Personal Life
Date of Birth Year: 1976
Age (as of 2020) 44 Years
Birthplace Patna, Bihar
Nationality Indian
Hometown Village Phulwaria, district Gopalganj, Bihar
College/University Patna Medical College
Educational Qualification MBBS [2]The Indian Express
Caste Shudra [3]kanchailaiah.com
Controversies • On 7 March 2015, Misa Bharti had shared a picture on her Facebook page which showed her standing on a podium, apparently addressing an audience, with a false caption “Harvard Vishwavidyalaya mein yuvaaon ki bhagidari ko lekar vyakhyaan dete hue” (Giving a speech on the role of youth at Harvard University).” Consequently, the news was covered by several local newspapers in Bihar. As the fake news broke out, an official of Harvard University debunked Misa’s claims, stating that, “Misa Bharti was invited as part of the audience and not as a speaker of any panel at the India Conference at Harvard.” After her false claims came to light, Misa also took a u-turn saying, she never asserted to be a speaker at the conference; however, she did share her views with the delegates personally after the conference ended. [4]The Economic Times

• In September 2018, a farmhouse owned by Misa Bharti and husband Shailesh Kumar in Delhi’s Bijwasan area was attached by the Enforcement Directorate (ED) with a money laundering case. Later, in 2019, the attachment of farmhouse to a money laundering case was quashed by the Prevention of Money Laundering Act (PMLA) appellate tribunal. [5]Hindustan Times

• In January 2019, Misa Bharti attracted a controversy when she attacked the RJD loyalist-turned-rival, Ram Kripal Yadav in a public gathering by saying, “We had a huge regard for him (Ram Kripal Yadav). However, that stopped when he went and joined hands with BJP’s Sushil Kumar Modi… He used to cut the chaff. At that time I felt like cutting his hands with the same chaff-cutting machine.” In response to Misa’s statement, Ram Kripal said, “will bless Misa even with the chopped hands.” [6]The Times Of India

• In 2019, her brother Tej Pratap’s ex-wife, Aishwarya Rai, blamed her for creating a rift between her and Tej Pratap which proved to be the reason behind the failure of their marriage. [7]The Hindu

Relationships & More
Marital Status Married
Marriage Date 10 December 1999
Misa Bharti with husband and parents on the day of her wedding
Family
Husband/Spouse Shailesh Kumar (computer engineer)
Misa Bharti with her husband Shailesh Kumar
Children Son– Name not known (born in 2016)
Misa Bharti with her son and daughter
Daughter– Durga & Gauri
Misa Bharti with her husband and their daughters
Parents Father– Lalu Prasad Yadav (politician)
Misa Bharti with Lalu Prasad Yadav
Mother– Rabri Devi (politician)
Misa Bharti with mother Rabri Devi
Siblings Brother(s)– Tej Pratap Yadav (politician) & Tejashwi Yadav (politician)
Misa Bharti with her brothers
Sister(s)– Rohini Acharya, Chanda Singh, Ragini Yadav, Hema Yadav, Anushka Rao, and Raj Laxmi
Lalu Yadav's children
Money Factor
Salary (approx.) INR 16,000 (as a member of Rajya Sabha) [8]rajyasabha.nic.in
Assets/Properties [9]My Neta Movable

Bank Deposits: 68 lakhs
Jewellery: 1450gm gold ornaments worth INR 40 lakhs, 2 kg silver utensils & precious stones worth INR 2.5 lakhs

Immovable

Agricultural Land: Worth INR 1.4 crore
Non-Agricultural Land: Worth INR 1 crore

Net Worth (approx.) INR 7.5 crores [10]My Neta

Misa Bharti leaves after meeting her ailing father and RJD chief Lalu Prasad Yadav, at Rajendra Institute of Medical Science (RIMS), in Ranchi.

Some Lesser Known Facts About Misa Bharti

  • Misa Bharti, an Indian politician and MBBS graduate, is the eldest heir of Indian politician Lalu Prasad Yadav. She is a Rajya Sabha MP since 2016.
  • Misa was named by after the infamous Draconian law “Maintenance of Internal Security Act” (MISA) invoked during the Indira Gandhi’s government in 1971, under which her father, Lalu Prasad Yadav, and several other oppositions leaders were jailed during the Emergency.
    Misa Bharti with her mother in 1978

    Misa Bharti with her mother in 1978

  • In 1993, Misa had failed the MBBS entrance exam for MGM Medical College, Jamshedpur; however, she still secured a seat under the TISCO quota. [11]Rediff.com It is said that the local politicians misused the quota to help admit their ward or their near and dear ones to MGM Medical College, Jamshedpur until the Jharkhand High Court stopped it in 2002.
  • After pursuing MBBS at MGM Medical College, Jamshedpur for a short time, Sima Bharti was shifted to Patna Medical College for security reasons.
  • Misa’s father, Lalu Prasad Yadav, arranged her marriage to Shailesh Kumar, who affiliated to the same community as the Lalu family. Misa met her husband for the first time on the day of their marriage. Talking about it in an interview, she said,

    I blindly trusted my parents’ choice, I only saw Shailesh’s photograph before marrying him. The first time I met him was at my wedding day on stage. Shailesh and his family have been very supportive, I never had to choose between bringing up my kids and politics.”

  • Misa Bharti’s wedding ceremony (in 1999) was so lavish that it became the talk of the media, not only because of the extravagant money spent on the marriage arrangement but also for some notorious reasons. Reportedly, Lalu’s loyalists raided car showrooms in Patna and drove away with dozens of unregistered cars to ferry guests for the marriage, furniture was picked from the furniture market to be used in the marriage and many other unethical practises were done. After the wedding, Income Tax Department also issued a notice against Lalu & Rabri to account the source of huge expenses incurred on their daughter’s marriage; however, they were given a clean chit after no evidence was found pertaining to the allegations. [12]Rediff.com
  • Although Misa had topped in her MBBS exams, she did not make a career in the medical profession. Talking about the reasons which stopped her from doing so, she said,

    I could not practise because immediately after clearing my MBBS exam, I got married. It was not possible for me to continue with my medical profession with all the family responsibilities on my shoulder.”

  • Reportedly, Misa assisted her mother in running the government when Lalu Prasad Yadav was in jail in a 1998 disproportionate assets case; however, she did not formally get into politics. She made an official entry to politics in 2014 by unsuccessfully contesting the 2014 Lok Sabha election, wherein she lost to Ram Kripal Yadav, a former close associate of Lalu Yadav. Ram Kripal had left the Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD) and joined the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) in 2014 after Lalu gave party ticket for Patliputra constituency to daughter Misa Bharti instead of him. [13]The Times of India
    Misa Bharti with father Lalu Yadav campaigning prior to the 2014 Lok Sabha election

    Misa Bharti with father Lalu Yadav campaigning prior to the 2014 Lok Sabha election

  • Misa Bharti again contested the Lok Sabha Election from Patliputra in 2019, and this time again she was defeated by BJP’s Ram Kripal Yadav by 37,310 votes.
    Misa Bharti files her nomination papers in the presence of her mother and senior party leader Rabri Devi, ahead of Lok Sabha election 2019, in Patna.

    Misa Bharti files her nomination papers in the presence of her mother and senior party leader Rabri Devi, ahead of Lok Sabha election 2019, in Patna.

  • Rajya Sabha MP Misa Bharti describes herself as an avid reader, movie buff, and a great cook.

 

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