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Bihar legislator likely to lose membership in assembly
May 19, 2007 - 3:10:14 PM
In 1995, her name was Nagina Devi in the voters' list but in the earlier lists she was Manorma Devi.

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[RxPG] Patna, May 19 - Lok Janshakti Party - legislator Nagina Devi may lose her membership of the Bihar assembly a day after her Indian citizenship was questioned, even as the legislator is confident that she will prove her political rivals wrong.

Legal action against Nagina Devi, who represents the Bathnaha constituency in the assembly, is likely to start soon on the basis of reports of the district magistrate and union home ministry that found her to be a citizen of Nepal and not of India.

However, the LJP legislator, in her 40s, is confident that she will prove her political rivals as well as the administration wrong.

'I am confident of proving my Indian citizenship by furnishing relevant documents. After all, I am living here for over three decades,' Nagina Devi told IANS over telephone Saturday.

Nagina Devi said she would challenge the report that questioned her citizenship.

The recent home ministry report was based on a report submitted by the Sitamarhi District Magistrate Suman Kumar, who inquired into her case.

According to the home ministry report, Nagina Devi had married an Indian citizen but she cannot be treated as an Indian citizen on the basis of her marriage.

The LJP legislator recalled that the Patna High Court in 2005 had rejected the case questioning her citizenship. She proudly displayed her gun license to establish that she is an Indian citizen.

She won the Bathnaha assembly seat during the 2005 assembly elections. Her defeated rival of Janata Dal-United - Rajkishore Singh Kushwaha challenged her election to the state assembly in the high court.

The court had then directed the Sitamarhi district magistrate and the union home ministry to verify the charges.

'The home ministry report was based on the facts provided by my inquiry into the case following a complaint by a political activist,' Suman Kumar said, adding that Nagina Devi never applied for an Indian citizenship.

The district magistrate in his inquiry report to the home ministry said that there was no evidence of Nagina Devi's Indian citizenship and she has failed to provide any documentary proof in support too. It was also reported that she had changed her name in the voters' list from time to time.

In 1995, her name was Nagina Devi in the voters' list but in the earlier lists she was Manorma Devi.

Nagina Devi was born to Nepalese parents in Sarlahi district of Nepal. But in 1973, she married Yograj Prasad of Posua Patania village in Bathnaha.

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