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(U)lta (P)ulta Polls! These Candidates Don’t Know Full Form of MLA

Several sitting MLAs as well as candidates don’t know the full form of MLA.

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Several sitting MLAs as well as candidates don’t know the full form of MLA. (Photo: Altered by <b>The Quint</b>)

Even as the gadi to Uttar Pradesh election picks up speed, several sitting Members of Legislative Assembly, as well as candidates, are failing basic political tests. When asked, some of them could neither tell the full form of MLA, and were at a loss for words (or lyrics), when asked to sing the national anthem.

Veer Singh, Samajwadi Party MLA from Chitrakoot, has also been a member of the zila panchayat for five years, but fumbled when asked the full form of MLA. While he knew that Goa went to polls recently, he couldn't say what the capital of the coastal state is. According to Dainik Bhaskar, Singh has a secondary school education till Class XII.

Bahujan Samaj Party's sitting MLA in Manikpur, as well as candidate for the upcoming polls, Chandrabhan Singh Patel has held the post for the last five years. But he too faltered when it came to expanding the term 'MLA'.

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Leader of Gulabi gang, former Bigg Boss contestant and Congress candidate for Mau-Manikpur seat, Sampat Pal also has shockingly little knowledge about her profession. She argues she doesn't know much, but wants to serve the people from her heart.

Bahujan Samaj Party's candidate from Karwi district, Jagdish Gautam, is also on the same boat. When asked to sing the national anthem by Dainik Bhaskar reporters, at first he stared, then began to sing the national anthem incorrectly.

The state of literacy in Chitrakoot as well as other districts is not a very promising one. In Bundelkhand, out of 19 MLAs only seven are graduates, while one holds a PhD. The other 11 have barely studied or been able to study beyond eighth standard.

It is in this scenario that Uttar Pradesh goes to polls.

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