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86-Year-Old Former Haryana CM Chautala Prepared for Class 10 Exam in Jail, Appeared & Completed in 2 Hrs

Former Haryana chief minister O P Chautala. File photo: PTI

Former Haryana chief minister O P Chautala. File photo: PTI

Chautala reportedly studied for the latest exam in Tihar Jail in Delhi, where he served his 10-year sentence from 2013.

INLD Chief and former Haryana Chief Minister, Om Prakash Chautala took a Class 10 English exam on Wednesday at Arya Kanya Senior Secondary School in Sirsa.

The 86-year-old reportedly finished the exam in two hours and left.

The former Chief Minister passed his Class 10 exam from the National Institute of Open School in 2017, while he was serving a jail sentence ordered by the Supreme Court over his role in a teachers’ recruitment scam.

Chautala reportedly studied for the latest exam in Tihar Jail in Delhi, where he served his 10-year sentence from 2013.

Meanwhile, Chautala last month said he will contact opposition leaders soon to forge a “third front” at the national level and also revealed plans of a lunch meeting with BJP ally and Bihar CM Nitish Kumar. Asserting that the biggest need today is to get rid of the “anti-people” and “anti-farmer” government at the Centre, Chautala said before September 25, the birth anniversary of former deputy PM Devi Lal, he will try to meet opposition leaders and urge them to come on one platform.

“It will be our endeavour to form a strong third front,” said the Indian National Lok Dal (INLD) leader, who was recently released from jail after serving a 10-year sentence in a recruitment scam. Chautala claimed that if a strong third front is formed, then many who support the government will leave it, ultimately leading to a situation where mid-term polls may take place.

“It will be my endeavour to see that a strong third front is formed and later in the polls it achieves success so that this anti-people and corrupt government is routed,” the former Haryana chief minister told reporters. On being asked if he will meet West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee, he said, “Although this is not an issue of today’s topic, I want to tell that Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar had telephoned me.” “He will have lunch with me at my residence on August 1. When two political leaders sit together, then political issues are naturally discussed,” he said replying to a query.

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first published:August 19, 2021, 15:20 IST