Khagaria (Bihar): Believe it or not, there is no electricity in Lok Janshakti Party's chief Ram Vilas Paswan's native village.
Although Paswan is rubbing shoulders with BJP's prime ministerial hopeful Narendra Modi, his native village Shaharbanni in Khagaria district is still in the lantern age.
This is in sharp contrast to development in Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar's native village Kalyanbigha in Nalanda district and Rashtriya Janata Dal chief Lalu Prasad's Phulwaria in Gopalganj district.
Paswan has often reminded people during campaigning that he is a "son of the soil", but the fact is that he last visited his village in 2007 when his mother Siya Devi passed away.
Interestingly, his first wife Raj Kumari Devi, whom he claims to have divorced in 1981, still lives in his native village, though outsiders are not allowed to meet her.