Odisha MLA appears Matric Exam at 46

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Baliguda, Oct 26: In a bid to inspire school dropouts to carry on higher studies, a 46-year-old MLA from ruling BJD is appearing 10th standard high school certificate examination in open school system .

Rajib Patra, who representing Baliguda assembly seat is appearing the examination at Jaleshpatta government girls' high school centre under Tumudibandh block of the district.

Patra, a school dropout who passed 8th standard from Belghar government high school, could not continue studies because of family compulsion and his preoccupation in politics.

In 2014, Patra, a native of Mundigada village under Tumudibandh police station jurisdiction was elected a MLA on a BJD ticket.

It may be recalled here that Kailash Chandra Kulesika, Congress MLA from Laxmipur in Rayagada district, had successfully appeared for secondary board examination last year.

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