When he reached his examination centre to appear for Class XII Board, most students throught he was a member of the flying squad. Former BJP corporator Gopal Chintal,however, did not mind. He had lost the civic elections last year,and using his break from work as a corporator he fulfilled his dream of clearing Class XII exam.
Chintal was corporator until 2007. He continued to engage in civic work until 2012 as his wife too was a corporator. Chintal contested civic polls last year but lost. I got a break as neither my wife nor I got elected to PMC. I appeared for Class XII exam in Arts and passed with 59 per cent marks, said Chintal.
He had passed Class X in 1976. He had to give up education after his father passed away,leaving the family responsibility on him.
Even though he is respected for his achievements in politics and social work,he felt bad about his poor educational qualification. I always support those taking up higher education. I could not pursue my education for various reasons. All my three sons are engineers, he said
Chintal said he appeared for an exam after 37 years,the last being Class X exam. I was admitted to VIT College as an external student but attended classes with permission of the college administration. He added,It was difficult to sit among children for the exam,but I decided to ignore everything. The staff and students considered me to be from the flying squad.