Babulal Marandi Age, Caste, Wife, Family, Biography & More

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Hometown: Ranchi
Wife: Shanti Murmu
Age: 65 Years

Babulal Marandi

Other nameBabu Lal Marandi
ProfessionPolitician, Tribal Activist
Known forBeing the first Chief Minister of Jharkhand
Physical Stats & More
Height (approx.)in centimeters- 170 cm
in meters- 1.70 m
in feet & inches- 5’ 7”
Eye ColourDark Brown
Hair ColourSalt and Pepper
Political Party• Bharatiya Janata Party (1989-2006) (17 February 2020 - present)
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• Jharkhand Vikas Morcha (Prajatantrik) (24 September 2006 - 17 February 2020)
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Political Journey• Became a member of the BJP (1989)
• Contested and lost the 1991 general elections from the Dumka constituency on BJP's ticket
• Served on the Union Cabinet Sub-Committee for Minorities and Scheduled Castes and Scheduled Tribes in 1992 as a special invitee
• Assumed the post of the secretary of the BJP in Bihar in 1994
• Contested and lost the 1995 Bihar Legislative Assembly polls from the Dumka constituency
• Assumed the post of the president of the BJP's Vananchal State Committee in Bihar in 1995
• Contested and lost the 1996 general elections from the Dumka constituency
• Contested and won the 1998 general elections from the Dumka constituency
• Union Minister of State for Environment and Forests (1998-1999)
• Contested and won the 1999 general elections from the Dumka constituency
• Union Minister of State for Environment and Forests (13 October 1999 - November 2000)
• First Chief Minister of Jharkhand (2000-2003)
• Contested and won the 2004 general elections from the Kodarma constituency
• Member of the committee on Human Resource Development (2004)
• Member of the Committee to Review the Rate of Dividend Payable by the Railway Undertaking to General Resources
• Resigned as an MP (22 May 2006)
• Established the Jharkhand Vikas Morcha (Prajatantrik) (24 September 2006)
• Contested and won the 2009 general elections from the Kodarma constituency on JVM(P)'s ticket
• Contested and won the 2014 general elections from the Dhanwar constituency
• Contested and lost the 2019 general elections from the Kodarma constituency
• Contested and won the 2014 Jharkhand Legislative Assembly elections from the Dhanwar constituency
• Re-joined the BJP (17 February 2020)
• Assumed the post of the leader of the opposition in the Jharkhand Legislative Assembly (24 February 2020)
• Became the BJP’s Jharkhand state president (July 2023)
Personal Life
Date of Birth11 January 1958 (Saturday)
Age (as of 2023)65 Years
BirthplaceKodia Bandh village, Giridih district, Bihar (now in Jharkhand), India
Zodiac signCapricorn
SignatureSignature of Babulal Marandi
School• Primary schooling at a government school at Giridih
• Class 10th at Saraswati Shishu Vidya Mandir, Baghmara, Jharkhand
• Intermediate at Giridih College, Sonbad, Jharkhand

Note: In high school, he secured second class.
College/University• Giridih College, Sonbad, Jharkhand
• Ranchi University
Educational Qualification(s)• BA at Giridih College
• Post-graudation in geography at Ranchi University [1]Babulal Marandi – Affidavit
ReligionHinduism [2]Dainik Bhaskar
CasteSanthal (Scheduled Tribe) [3]Babulal Marandi – Affidavit
Food HabitVegetarian
HobbiesReading, Listening to folk music
ControversiesCases Where Pending
• 5 charges related to Punishment for false evidence (IPC Section-193)
• 5 charges related to Cheating and dishonestly inducing delivery of property (IPC Section-420)
• 5 charges related to Forgery for the purpose of cheating (IPC Section-468)
• 3 charges related to Having possession of a document described in Section 466 or 467, knowing it to be forged and intending to use it as genuine (IPC Section-474)
• 2 charges related to Forgery of valuable security, will, etc. (IPC Section-467)
• 1 charge related to Giving or fabricating false evidence with intent to procure conviction of capital offence (IPC Section-194)
• 1 charge related to Punishment for criminal intimidation (IPC Section-506)
• 1 charge related to Illegal payments in connection with an election (IPC Section-171H)
• 5 charges related to Punishment of criminal conspiracy (IPC Section-120B)
• 5 charges related to Using as genuine a forged document or electronic record (IPC Section-471)
• 3 charges related to Forgery for the purpose of harming reputation (IPC Section-469)
• 3 charges related to Disobedience to order duly promulgated by a public servant (IPC Section-188)
• 2 charges related to Mischief causing damage to the amount of fifty rupees (IPC Section-427)
• 1 charge related to Acts done by several persons in furtherance of common intention (IPC Section-34)
• 1 charge related to Punishment of abetment if the act abetted is committed in consequence, and where no express provision is made for its punishment (IPC Section-109)
• 1 charge related to Punishment for Being a member of an unlawful assembly (IPC Section-143)
• 1 charge related to Obstructing public servants in the discharge of public functions (IPC Section-186)
• 1 charge related to Punishment for criminal trespass (IPC Section-447)
• 1 charge related to Punishment for Defamation (IPC Section-500)
• 1 charge related to Punishment for Rioting (IPC Section-147)
• 1 charge related to Every member of unlawful assembly guilty of an offence committed in prosecution of a common object (IPC Section-149)
• 1 charge related to Knowingly joining or continuing in assembly of five or more persons after it has been commanded to disperse (IPC Section-151)
• 1 charge related to Assaulting or obstructing a public servant when suppressing a riot, etc. (IPC Section-152)
• 1 charge related to Affray (IPC Section-159)
• 1 charge related to Punishment for voluntarily causing hurt (IPC Section-323)
• 1 charge related to Assault or criminal force to deter a public servant from discharge of his duty (IPC Section-353)

Charges Filed for Derogatory Remarks Against Jharkhand Chief Minister: On 25 August 2023, Marandi faced legal actions for making derogatory comments directed at Hemant Soren, the Chief Minister of Jharkhand, and his father, Shibu Soren, the Chief of Jharkhand Mukti Morcha (JMM); the remarks were allegedly made during the Sankalp Yatra in Jharkhand. As a result, two First Information Reports (FIRs) were filed against Marandi. One FIR was lodged in Ranchi by a Jharkhand Mukti Morcha worker named Sonu Tirkey, and the second was registered in Deoghar at the Madhupur Police Station. In the Ranchi FIR, Marandi faced charges under sections 500 (defamation), 504 (insulting someone to provoke breach of peace), and 505 (2) (publishing statement to create enmity or hatred on grounds of religion, race or community) of the Indian Penal Code (IPC). The Deoghar FIR covered the same sections with an additional IPC Section 153 (a) (hate speech). [4]Hindustan Times
Relationships & More
Marital StatusMarried
Wife/SpouseShanti Murmu (homemaker)
ChildrenSon(s)- 3
• Anup Marandi (killed by Maoists in October 2007 in Jharkhand)
• Piyush Lal Marandi
• Sanatan Marandi
Daughter- 1
• Shankhani Marandi
ParentsFather- Chhotu Lal Marandi (deceased)
Mother- Mina Murmu
A photo of Babulal Marandi with his mother
SiblingsBrother(s)- 2
• Nunulal Marandi (politician)
A photo of Nunulal Marandi
Sister(s)- 2
• Maisuni Devi (she went missing from Jharkhand in 2012 and was located by the police in 2020 in an ashram in Rajasthan)
Babulal Marandi's sister Maisuni Devi
SportsArchery, Football
Style Quotient
Car CollectionHe owns two cars, a Tata Safari, and another car.
Money Factor
Income (approx.)In the financial year 2017-18, his income was Rs. 10,36,924. [5]MyNeta
Assets/PropertiesMovable Assets
• Cash Rs. 11,87,000
• NSS, Postal Savings: Rs. 1,00,000
• Bank Deposits Rs. 26,55,567
• Motor Vehicles Rs. 3,40,000
• Jewellery Rs. 1,20,000
• Other Assets (Revolver Gun) Rs. 2,12,000

Immovable Assets
• Agricultural Land Rs. 32,60,000
• Commercial Buildings Rs. 3,11,25,000

Note: The given estimates of movable and immovable assets are according to the year 2019. It excludes the assets owned by his wife and dependents (minor). [6]MyNeta
Net Worth (approx.)Rs. 3,62,80,567

Note: The net worth was for 2019. It excludes the net worth of his wife and dependents (minors). [7]MyNeta

Babulal Marandi

Some Lesser Known Facts About Babulal Marandi

  • Babulal Marandi is an Indian tribal activist, politician, and member of the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP). He gained recognition as the first Chief Minister of Jharkhand from 2000 to 2003. He established the regional political party Jharkhand Vikas Morcha (Prajatantrik) in 2006 and has been elected as a Member of Parliament (MP) five times. In July 2023, he made news following his appointment as the president of the BJP in Jharkhand.
  • During his time at Ranchi University, Marandi became a pracharak in Bihar after joining the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS).
  • After he finished his formal education, Marandi began working as a teacher at a primary school in his hometown. However, after a year of teaching, he decided to leave the job in order to dedicate more time to the RSS.
  • He held the position of organizing secretary for the Vananchal Vishwa Hindu Parishad (VHP) from 1983 to 1990. During that time, the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) referred to the Jharkhand region as Vananchal since Jharkhand was then a part of the state of Bihar.
  • In 1983, Marandi moved to Dumka to serve in the Santhal Parganas division.
  • He joined the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) in 1989 after leaving the RSS.
  • He became the president of the Bihar State Adivasi Morcha in 1992.
  • Marandi lost the 1995 Bihar state assembly polls to a Jharkhand Mukti Morcha (JMM) candidate named Stephen Marandi.
  • He was defeated by Shibu Soren by a margin of 5,000 votes in the 1996 Lok Sabha elections.
  • He got 6,01,894 votes and won the 1998 general elections. Under Marandi’s leadership, the party emerged victorious in 12 out of the 14 Lok Sabha seats in the Jharkhand region during the elections.
  • In the same year, he spearheaded a task force intending to foster job creation in the field of Khadi and Village Industries, specifically targeting South Bihar.
  • He won the 1999 general elections by receiving 5,54,237 votes.
  • He had a vital role in the establishment of the state of Jharkhand, which was separated from the state of Bihar in 2000.
  • Marandi, while serving as the first Chief Minister, prioritized several development projects including the enhancement of road and rail networks as well as improvements to educational infrastructure. He also put forth the idea of developing Greater Ranchi to address the issue of overpopulation within the city.
  • Reportedly, Marandi was removed from his position and replaced by Arjun Munda as the chief minister in 2003 due to pressure from the ruling parties’ coalition, especially JD(U).
  • Babulal Marandi resigned from his position as a member of parliament and left the BJP party on 22 May 2006, because of a divergence in political stances. He expressed his reasons for resignation in a letter, and wrote,

    We have forgotten that in public life, the nation’s aspirations should be supreme and not that of the individual.”

  • Marandi lost the 2019 general elections to a BJP candidate named Annpurna Devi.

    Babulal Marandi's photo taken when he was addressing a rally

    Babulal Marandi’s photo taken when he was addressing a rally

  • The Bharatiya Janata Party and the Jharkhand Vikas Morcha (Prajatantrik) merged on 17 February 2020 at Jagannathpur Maidan in Ranchi, Jharkhand. This merger occurred in the presence of Union Home Minister Amit Shah, BJP President Jagat Prakash Nadda, and former Chief Ministers of Jharkhand, Arjun Munda and Raghubar Das. While giving an interview, Marandi spoke about the merger and said,

    BJP was in touch with us since 2014. BJP had contacted us after the Lok Sabha elections and assembly elections in 2014. Right from the very beginning BJP wanted us to merge with them.”

    Babulal Marandi standing with Amit Shah during the rejoining ceremony in Jharkhand

    Babulal Marandi standing with Amit Shah during the rejoining ceremony in Jharkhand

    Several MLAs from JVM(P), dissatisfied with the merger between JVM(P) and the BJP, decided to leave the party and joined the Indian National Congress (INC).

  • Babulal Marandi is also known for his involvement in environmental conservation efforts.
  • He is a travel enthusiast and has been to many countries like Bangladesh, France, Germany, Hong Kong, Indonesia, Italy, Kenya, Malaysia, Romania, Singapore, South Africa, Switzerland, Thailand, Turkey, and UAE.