Ranchi: Five-time Congress Member of Parliament, Bagun Sumbrai, who was in the news for slamming another Congress leader, Jairam Ramesh, for ignoring him has always been in the headlines for a variety of weird reasons. From having married 60 women in his lifetime to donning only a dhoti in every season, the octogenarian from Jharkhand has the enviable track record of never losing from Singhbhum.
Unbelievable, this Congress MP from Jharkhand has married 60 times
Born in a ‘Ho’ tribal family in Jharkhand (then Bihar) on February 24, 1924, this tribal leader made his foray into politics at a very young age.
He won for the first time in 1977 representing the All-India Jharkhand Party, by then an ally of the Congress. He won again in 1980, but on a Janata Party ticket. He went on to win in 1984, 1989 and 2004 as a Congress candidate.
The 89-year-old leader has been in active politics since 1967. Apart from his steady political career, it is the veteran politician’s personal life that has gained attention from other people.
The octogenarian for whom marriage is like a habit has 60 wives. Though there is no record, he revealed that he has forgotten how many marriages he had solemnized. Though sources close to the five-time MP say that he has five wives, there are people who allege that he has as many as 60 wives.
Sources disclose that Bagun had once expressed his wish to marry a girl but was faced with a stiff condition that he would have to marry two friends of the girl too.
Speaking to reporters, he was asked about his wives but he retorted saying, ‘‘Search them for yourself.’’ Bagun in 1942, had married for the first time, to settle a land dispute. That very year, Bagun stopped covering the upper portion of his body.
Bagun has many children and grand children from his several wives. Bagun is always seen donning a dhoti to cover the lower portion of his body. He has maintained this same attire for every season for the past several years.
Talking of marriage to several women, Bagun does not find it problematic. When asked, he replied, ‘‘I consider Lord Krishna to be my role model. He had married 16, 000 girls and still the world praises him. Also polygamy is not prohibited in our tribal society.’’
It is a matter of fact that bigamy or polygamy is still practiced in many tribal societies and is not considered unusual.
When asked about his reason to marry so many times, Bagun replied, ‘‘I have never run after any girl; it is girls who run after me. If they find something attractive about me, then what can I do? I do not wish to disappoint any female who wants to marry me.’’
Bagun also disclosed that among his many wives, there were many who had married him to gain a foothold in politics. Anita Sumbrai is one of those females.
Bagun’s daughter and his wife, Anita Sumbrai, used to study in the same class. Anita had gone against the wishes of her family to marry Bagun. Though Anita could not rise above being a school teacher, she reveals, ‘‘It is true that I wanted to be a politician. But my husband, Bagun, believed in giving encouragement to the education sector. I married him because I considered him my teacher and guide.’’
When asked about the numerous wives which Bagun has, she replied, ‘‘I am his fourth wife and there are no other.’’
But there are many women who allege themselves to be wives of Bagun. While some people put the count on his number of wives as 58, there are many that he has 40 wives.
An interesting fact about the veteran politician is that during the elections in 2004, he had planned to marry after he won the elections. He had put forth a condition that his bride should be younger than 60 years old, though he was himself aged 76 years old at that time. But it is said that he did not marry after he won the elections.