Want to contest next civic election? MNS asks aspirants to clear exam

Published: 21 November, 2011 09:02 IST | Priyankka Deshpande and Vivek Sabnis |

Written exam to test ticket-seekers on knowledge of law and procedures

Written exam to test ticket-seekers on knowledge of law and procedures

MNS members aspiring to get a ticket for the forthcoming municipal elections will now have to clear a written examination, which will test their knowledge on law and procedure related to the civic body. With the date of exam to be held by the party drawing near, candidates are hard at work to crack the test, which will be a stepping stone to enter politics. The exam is scheduled to take place on December 4 at three centres in the city.

No exam, no ticket: MNS chief Raj Thackeray at the first convention of
the party's state transport worker wing in the city yesterday. Thackeray
has said that even he would appear for a test if he ever stood for an
election. Pic/Krunal Gosavi

Anil Shidore, state general secretary, MNS, said, "The 100-marks paper will have objective and descriptive questions. The candidates will get one-and-half hours. Many have welcomed this initiative and are excited to appear for the exam."

Besides the city, the exam will be held in nine other cities in the state and any one who is a primary member of the MNS can appear for it. "It is for the first time that any political party has taken such an initiative to ensure deserving candidates contest the election. All the exam papers will be checked by political experts in Mumbai and marks of each candidate will be disclosed during an interview on December 7. The reference book for the exam will be published on Tuesday," said Shidore.

Sitting MNS corporators will also have to appear for the exam, irrespective of the work they have done in their respective wards in the last five years. Rajendra (Babu) Wagaskar, Koregaon Park corporator, said, "For the last couple of days, I have been preparing for the exam, which reminds me of my school days. The party has taken a good initiative which will be helpful in getting knowledgeable people into politics." Vidya Randhir, a teacher from Swami Vivekananda School in Dapodi, said: "My husband is encouraging me to contest this election, as it will be impartial now."

Women on top
As many as 575 aspirants have registered their names for the exam, and today is the last date to fill the forms. As many as 60 per cent of the candidates are women, most of them school teachers.

Women aspirants register along with men at the MNS office in Narayan
Peth yesterday. Pic/Vivek Sabnis

The examination will be held at Baburao Sanas Girl's School, Mangalwar Peth, and Savitribai Phule School and Hamid Tidwai School at Bhavani Peth from 11 am to 12.30 pm.

BJP holds workshop for women aspirants
The women's wing of BJP, Bhartiya Shakti Jagran and Drushti Stree Adhyayan Kendra, conducted a day-long workshop exclusively for women election aspirants irrespective of the political party they belonged to. As many as 80 women participated in the workshop and most of them were well educated, said Mrunalini Datar, an organiser of the event.

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