Lalu’s son flunks in politics honours
SOME COMFORT Student leaders usually devote more time to politics than in academics, and fail. He will make up, say party leaders
PATNA: Just as he is taking baby steps into politics, RJD chief Lalu Prasad’s elder son Tej Pratap has faltered on the academic front.
Pratap, who is doing political science honours from Bihar National College, Patna, has flunked in the BA part I examination in political science, scoring just 67 marks in his six honours papers and 29 marks in subsidiary subject, sociology.
In the honours papers, one has to score at least 90 marks out to 200 to get the required pass percentage of 45%. In the subsidiary subjects, one needs to secure 33% to pass.
Confirming this, P K Poddar, principal of the college, said, Pratap has failed to clear his part I examination and in the process could lose one year.
However, opinion seems to be divided as senior teachers of the college said, Pratap would get promotion to BA part II but would have to clear the papers in supplementary examination.
The red marks in the report card of Pratap has put the aspiring politician in a tight spot, as he could well be debarred from contesting the forthcoming student union polls.
For the Lyngdoh committee has provisioned, that only students having bright academic records can contest the elections.
But that is not a complete dampener, as Pratap is probably looking forward to a long stay on the university campus, just like his father, who had a decade long stay in Patna University from 1967 to 1977 as a student.
ALTHOUGH COLLEGE PRINCIPAL SAYS PRATAP COULD LOSE A YEAR, SOME SENIOR TEACHERS SAID HE WOULD GET PROMOTION BUT WOULD HAVE TO CLEAR THE PAPERS IN SUPPL EXAM
Only recently, Pratap had displayed his political leanings by leading a student demonstration on ‘widespread corruption in university’ from the college premises to the PU head office on Ashok Rajpath in Patna.
Said Astik Sharma, a RJD leader and former student activist, “Student leaders usually devote more time to politics than in academics. It is not surprising that Pratap has fared badly in his BA part I. He will definitely clear the papers in the coming year,’’ he said.
Incidentally, the RJD chief’s two daughters, Misa Bharti and Rohini Acharya, are doctors having completed their medical course with flying colours.
Younger brother of Pratap, Tejaswi having completed his intermediate from Delhi has tried his hands in cricket and had campaigned for the party during the 2010 assembly polls.