Thirty-five-year-old Mangesh Sangle obviously believes one is never too late or too busy to get an education.
The Maharashtra Navnirman Sena Member of Legislative Assembly from Vikhroli has appeared for his third-year Bachelor of Arts exams and aims to become a graduate while he still holds his seat.
Sangle, who is also a corporator, appeared for his last exam on Friday and said is confident he will get through.
“I entered politics and became a corporator in 2007 but could not complete my formal education,” Sangle said. “I always wanted to complete my education because I was sure it would help me solve people’s problems better.”
Sangle enrolled himself at Y B Chavan Open University to complete his graduation. “Now I am an MLA and I need to understand issues at a macro level. Education will always help me,” he said.
Sangle, who is graduating in political science, was earlier with the Shiv Sena.
He was influenced by the ideas of MNS president Raj Thackeray and decided to join his party.
Two weeks ago, Sena leader Manohar Joshi received a doctorate from the University of Mumbai after he completed his thesis on his party.
Sangle’s constituency in northeast Mumbai has large pockets of Marathi-speaking voters. It includes Tagore Nagar, Kannamwar Nagar, Kanjurmarg (East) and parts of Vikhroli (West).
It was here that Raj Thackeray started a campaign against north Indians in February 2008, allowing the MNS to wrest the Sena’s main poll plank, the cause of Marathi-speaking sons of the soil.
His exams over, Sangle is back to focusing on his constituency.
No summer vacation for him.