India: 55-year-old former legislator clears Class 12 exam in Uttar Pradesh

The ex-MLA now wants to pursue law course to help poor people get justice

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Age no bar: Former BJP MLA Rajesh Mishra (centre) leaves examination centre after appearing in Class 12 UP Board exam in Bareilly. — PTI file
Age no bar: Former BJP MLA Rajesh Mishra (centre) leaves examination centre after appearing in Class 12 UP Board exam in Bareilly. — PTI file

Published: Wed 26 Apr 2023, 2:23 PM

Last updated: Wed 26 Apr 2023, 2:26 PM

Rajesh Mishra, a former Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) Member of Legislative Assembly (MLA), has cleared the Class 12 board exam conducted by the Uttar Pradesh Secondary Education Council at the age of 55. He secured 263 marks out of 500.

Mishra, who represented Bareilly district’s Bithri-Chainpur seat in the assembly from 2017 to 2022, now plans to pursue a bachelor’s degree in law so that he can help the poor get justice.

He, however, is not satisfied with the marks he scored in three subjects. “I am not satisfied with marks in drawing design, civics and education. I will get the answer sheets scrutinised,” he said.

The former BJP MLA secured 57 marks in Hindi, 47 in Civics, 42 in Education, 36 in Drawing Design and 81 in Sociology.

“Two years ago, I cleared the Class 10 board exam and now I have passed the Class 12 exam also. Now, I want to pursue LLB so that I can help poor people get justice,” Mishra said.

“When I was an MLA, I realised that people from the economically weaker sections of society do not get justice as they cannot avail the services of a good lawyer. I will be a lawyer for such people,” he said.

The former legislator also asserted that there was no copying in the board examinations and invigilation was strict.

Director of Secondary Education Mahendra Dev on Tuesday said CCTV cameras with voice recorders were installed at 8,753 examination centres to ensure there was no cheating during the exam. This was the first time in the last 30 years that neither any question paper was leaked nor any wrong bundle of question papers was opened and as such there was no re-examination, Dev added.


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