‘In which year did the BMC pass a resolution to change Bombay’s name to Mumbai?’ ‘Under which Act does the BrihanMumbai Municipal Corporation function?’ These were some of the questions that left many of the 1,208 candidates, who appeared for the Maharashtra Navnirman Sena’s test, huffing and puffing.
The test, comprising 51 questions, left many aspirants feeling that it was not a very easy trial. “I can get 35 marks with no trouble. But it would be very difficult to reach up to distinction marks,” said Rashmi Vichare, one of the candidates, from Worli village.
MNS chief Raj Thackeray had decided to conduct a written exam to test the aspirant’s knowledge about the functioning of the civic body before handing over tickets for the civic polls. After clearing this test, aspirants will face an interview with Thackeray.
The test was held on Sunday at Ruparel College in Matunga, which saw 428 candidates, and Sathe College in Vile Parle, where 780 candidates appeared for the test. Similar exams were also conducted at Thane, Pune, Nashik, Pimpri Chinchwad and Nagpur for which 1,948 candidates appeared. The questions for the candidates pertained to history and functioning of their respective corporations. Thackeray had earlier circulated a reference book for candidates who wanted to appear for the exams.
The papers will be check by the party education wing experts and results will be out on Tuesday. “Whoever clears the exam will have to face an interview with Rajsaheb for final selection,” said Shalini Thackeray, MNS vice president.
The test had 50 objective questions, for 2 marks each, while 2 questions were subjective. “Candidates who had gone through the study book distributed by the party would surely get good marks,” said Sachin More, an office bearer of MNS.
Not only new candidates but existing corporators also had to face the exam. “This exam has definitely helped us in brushing up our knowledge. It will be of great help in understanding the functioning of the BMC,” Prakash Patankar, MNS corporator from Dadar (W).
‘Even Cong, NCP together cannot match Shiv Sena’
mumbai: Shiv Sena executive president Uddhav Thackeray has challenged the Congress and Nationalist Congress Party, who are contemplating to join hands for the Mumbai civic elections to be held in early 2012.
“I challenge them to come together as an alliance and win the Mumbai civic corporation polls defeating us,” said Thackeray who was addressing a rally at DN Nagar at Andheri on Sunday evening.
The rally was organised to mark the re-entry of former Shiv Sainik Jaywant Parab, who had left the Sena with his mentor industries minister Narayan Rane in 2005 to join the Congress. Hes has now joined the Sena after falling apart with Rane.
Thackeray added that the Congress can never match up to the Shiv Sena since they do not have the manpower that Sena has. “With Parab coming back to the Sena, you have seen that it is our people who is our real strength and both the Congress and NCP cannot match the Sena despite coming together,” he said.
He also alleged that the Congress is not bothered about Mumbai. “They have spent crores on Kasab but only Rs78 crore in their planned budget this year for the city,” he said.