Nitish Kumar’s Story: Dowry Returned, Inter-Caste Marriage, Wife’s Death, ‘Munna’ To Bihar CM

By Ronit Kawale 7 Min Read

Nitish Kumar is the current Chief Minister of Bihar and has once again been seen playing a key role in the 2024 Lok Sabha elections. Before the elections, most political analysts said that Nitish Kumar’s Janata Dal (United) would not win more than 4-5 seats in Bihar. However, on June 4, 2024, the Election Commission of India announced that the NDA had won 30 seats, while the India Block got only nine seats. This big victory has established Nitish Kumar as a ‘kingmaker’ who can now bargain for big things.

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After the 2024 general elections, while the Indian bloc is trying to woo Nitish Kumar, reports are rife that he will be the next Deputy Prime Minister after forming a government with the NDA. BJP With all the alleged offers and temptations that Nitish Kumar is expected to receive in the coming weeks, we take a look at his personal life, which presents a completely different side of the politician. We are talking about his late wife Manju Kumari Sinha, who was his biggest strength. Here is a look at their beautiful love story which proves that Nitish Kumar is a ‘loyal person’ in his personal life.

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Nitish Kumar Chief Minister of Bihar
Nitish Kumar

According to a report by The Quint, Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar was married to Manju Kumari Sinha on February 23, 1973. This inter-caste marriage was arranged by their families. While Nitish is an OBC, his wife Manju is a Kayastha. At the time when Nitish Kumar started understanding the intricacies of politics, his wife Manju was working as a teacher in a school.

Bihar CM Nitish Kumar returned dowry money of Rs 22,000 and got the wedding cards printed again

Nitish Kumar Chief Minister of Bihar
Nitish Kumar

Nitish Kumar has been condemning many social evils like dowry system and child marriage since his childhood. For example, at his wedding, when he found out that his parents had accepted Rs 22,000 during the wedding, he became very angry during Tilak Celebration.

Nitish Kumar
Nitish Kumar

Nitish Kumar immediately returned the money to his in-laws and strictly told his parents that he would never take dowry. After this Nitish Kumar married Manju Kumari Sinha in the court without any pompous arrangements. The cards were reprinted after changing the date and venue of the wedding.

Nitish Kumar’s wife Manju Kumari Sinha died after 34 years of marriage.

Nitish Kumar Chief Minister of Bihar
Nitish Kumar

Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar suffered a major setback when his wife Manju Kumari Sinha passed away in 2007. After 34 years of happy married life, Manju’s death was a big shock for Nitish and his son Nishant Kumar. For those who don’t know, Manju Kumari died due to pneumonia.

A look at Nitish Kumar aka Munna’s Political journey of: From quitting politics to being the longest serving CM of Bihar

Nitish Kumar Chief Minister of Bihar
Nitish Kumar

Nitish Kumar was born on 1 March 1951 in Bakhtiyarpur, Bihar to his parents Kaviraj Ram Lakhan Singh and Parmeshwari Devi. His father was an Ayurvedic physician, while little is known about his mother, who was from Nepal. After completing schooling, Nitish joined Bihar College of Engineering (now NIT Patna) in 1972 to pursue a Bachelor of Science degree in Electrical Engineering. After completing his graduation, Nitish Kumar got a job in the Bihar State Electricity Board.

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Nitish Kumar Chief Minister of Bihar
Nitish Kumar

Despite getting an influential job in BSEB, Nitish Kumar did not feel excited, as his heart was in politics. For those who don’t know, Nitish participated in the movement of Bharat Ratna awardee Jayaprakash Narayan from 1974 to 1977. After gaining some political experience, Nitish Kumar joined the Janata Party and started learning the tricks of politics from famous political leaders like Satyendra Narayan Sinha. At the age of 26, Nitish Kumar contested the 1997 Lok Sabha elections from Harnaut but lost.

Nitish Kumar Chief Minister of Bihar

In 1980, Nitish Kumar tried again but once again he had to face defeat in the elections. After facing defeat twice from the Janata Party, Nitish had decided to quit politics. However, after some deliberation with his close ones, he participated in the 1985 elections and won from Harnaut and reached the Assembly. Since then, he has become the Chief Minister of Bihar nine times. Not only this, Nitish Kumar is also the longest-serving Chief Minister of Bihar with 17 years and 288 days.

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Nitish Kumar Chief Minister of Bihar
Nitish Kumar

Apart from being the Chief Minister of Bihar, Nitish Kumar has also held several positions in his illustrious political career so far. From Union Cabinet Minister, Agriculture to Union Cabinet Minister, Railways, Nitish Kumar has left his mark in every department he has held. Fast forward to 2024, he is undoubtedly one of the biggest politicians in the country, thanks to his dominance in Bihar. It is unbelievable how a young man from Bakhtiyarpur nicknamed ‘Munna’ became one of the most powerful politicians in Indian politics.

Nitish Kumar Chief Minister of Bihar
Nitish Kumar

What are your thoughts about Nitish Kumar’s beautiful love story and inspiring political career? Let us know.

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Ronit Kawale has been an entertainment journalist for the past three years. Being a cinephile is not just a part of his profession; it's his passion. Alongside being an avid follower of Bollywood and television, he possesses a treasure trove of interesting gossip and insights about celebrities. He's well-versed in understanding what readers are tuning into on the website. After all, he became a journalist to stay close to the heartbeat of the world.
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