The Maharashtra Navnirman Sena (MNS) wants India’s largest public sector bank, the State Bank of India (SBI), to select only Maharashtrians for local clerical posts in that state. The party wrote to the bank on Saturday asking it to give preference to candidates with a state domicile.
The SBI is holding an entrance exam on Sunday to fill 1,100 clerical positions.
“We have requested the SBI to fill the vacancies with Maharashtrians,” MNS leader Shirish Parkar said. “Domicile
certificates should also be compulsory for those giving the exams.”
The Maharashtra government issues domicile certificates to people who have lived in the state for at least 15 years.
The MNS claimed that the SBI had received 1.5 lakh applications and 70 per cent of these were from ‘outsiders’.
The MNS had raised the issue of jobs for locals during the railway board exams in 2008. The agitation that followed had led to violent attacks against north Indian migrants in the state.
The MNS has sought to portray itself as a party that fights for the ‘Marathi’ cause. Its MLAs assaulted Samajwadi Party legislator Abu Azmi inside the state assembly for taking oath in Hindi — and not Marathi — on November 9.
The assembly passed a resolution suspending four MNS members from the House for four years.
Last month, filmmaker Karan Johar apologised to MNS chief Raj Thackeray after party activists stopped the screening of his film Wake Up Sid in some cinema halls in Mumbai, objecting to the use of the word ‘Bombay’ in the film.
The MNS bagged 13 seats in the recent assembly polls, cutting into the Shiv Sena’s votes in Mumbai and Thane.