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Matriculate at 7, graduate at 11: Rare feat by ex-minister
Press Trust of India
Patna, September 27: A matriculate at age 7 and a graduate at 11. One would marvel at this extraordinary feat by a former Bihar minister and RJD candidate for Phulwarisharif, Shyam Rajak.

That the former Energy Minister in the erstwhile Rabri Devi government was once a prodigy came to public notice last Friday when he swore in an affidavit before returning officer Neel Kamal while filing his nomination for Phulwarisharif (reserved) seat.

Son of Reet Narain Rajak, Shyam had sworn that he was 41 years of age and he did his matriculation in 1971 at age seven from Rammohun Roy Seminary, passed intermediate two years later from Vanijya Mahavidyalaya and did his graduation from the same college in 1975 when he was a tender 11-year-old.

These accomplishments would have set national records but only if these were true.

By Rajak’s own admission, he was born in 1954 and was 51 years of age.

“This is the result of a goof up by the election authorities who have got my age wrong in the voters list. I petitioned them to make necessary correction in my age but since the elections are being conducted on the basis of the electoral rolls that were used for February polls they did not rectify my age,” he pleaded.

Asked why he then swore a ‘false’ affidavit, the media savvy politician considered very close to RJD supremo Laloo Prasad, said, “I was left with no choice. I had to give the age which is mentioned in the voters list”.

“He is right,” averred returning officer Neel Kamal and said, “we have only to ascertain whether a candidate is 25 year of age at the time of filing his nomination or not and Rajak has attained that age”.



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