BJP MLA's wife sells vegetables in Jharkhand

Ranchi: Muliya Devi is no ordinary vegetable vendor. Wife of a three-time MLA in Jharkhand, Muliya's spartan lifestyle is an example to politicians in a state rocked by the 'Koda scam'.

"What is the prospect of your MLA husband in this election?" asked a customer. "Chances are very bright," she replied at a vegetable market at Barkagoan in Hazaribagh district.

She is the wife of three-time BJP MLA Loknath Mahato, whose fate has been sealed in the EVM in the second phase of polling from Barkagoan assembly seat.

Muliya sells the surplus vegetables that she and her sons grow in their yard.

"I don't depend on my husband's income. We grow brinjal, tomatoes and other vegetables. And I sell the surplus vegetable in the vegetable market," a proud Devi says.

Mahato, who has been winning the seat from 1995 on BJP ticket, said had his wife not supported him financially, he could not have been in politics and social service.

"Whatever I am entitled to as an MLA, I spend it on my workforce, marriage ceremonies of the people in my constituency and their medical needs," Mahato said over phone.