Candidates vying to contest the upcoming civic polls on a Maharashtra Navnirman Sena (MNS) ticket will have to first clear a written test.
With this, the Raj Thackeray-led party will be the first prominent political party in the state to make it mandatory for their candidates to clear a written test to secure party nomination. The party has instituted a grueling selection process, the first round of which is an interview. For the written test, aspirants will be given a reference booklet about do’s and don’ts for a corporator. A hall pass, too, will be issued.
Thackeray will talk about the test and the election agenda on Saturday, when he addresses party workers and aspiring candidates. “A four-member panel interviewed more than 1,300 candidates. Four such panels conducted interviews across the city. The next stage, which includes the written exam, will be announced by our party chief on Saturday,” a senior party official said. “Unlike other parties, where candidates are selected on the basis of caste, religion, influence or family, we want to put up candidates who know their duties.”
Sources from the MNS said the test would have questions about the role and duty of a corporator, and laws concerning the Mumbai Corporation.
Candidates who make it to the final round will have to make it through another selection process, conducted by Thackeray himself.