The Maharashtra Navnirman Sena (MNS) on Monday stopped the interviews of firemen trainees being conducted by the Mumbai Airport Authority Limited (MIAL) at Andheri.
Led by MNS leader Nitin Sardesai, the cadres barged into the interview centre and asked authorities to discontinue the interviews.
Their objection was that the entire programme was designed to recruit outsiders. "There were no advertisements given in Marathi newspapers and applicants were from outside the state," said Sardesai. He called it a conspiracy to deprive the locals from getting jobs.
The MNS also demanded that family members of those policemen who died in the 26/11 terrorist attacks be given priority.
MIAL spokesperson said, "We had short-listed 42 candidates but MNS came up with an additional list of 30 candidates of their choice. We did not have the resumes of those 30 and hence we asked them to submit the details." He said it was not possible to interview 70 candidates in a day.
However, MNS wanted the interviews to be taken place instantly and hence the police was called in to intervene. Due to this, the entire procedure was disrupted.