Raj: party workers will get priority for tickets

Maharashtra Navnirman Sena chief Raj Thackeray on Friday hinted that despite the written examination, the senior party workers may get priority.

Updated: Jan 27, 2012, 17:24 PM IST

Mumbai: Admitting that he faced some
difficulty in choosing candidates for the forthcoming Mumbai
civic election, Maharashtra Navnirman Sena (MNS) chief Raj
Thackeray on Friday hinted that despite the written examination,
the senior party workers may get priority.

In a novel experiment, MNS had conducted written
examination followed by personal interviews for ticket
aspirants.

Addressing a party gathering here, Raj today apologised
to those who would not be getting tickets. List of candidates
would be announced in a day or two, he said.

"I apologise to the candidates who will be denied
tickets.so that there is no rebellion. I found it difficult
to pick candidates," Raj said.

Lauding the ticket aspirants for performing well in the
written examination as well as in the personal interviews, he
said, "I have given priority to the people who are working in
the party. None of you is bad.You all possess capability.
"I am not bothered about how the candidates are selected
in other political parties," he added.

He clarified that he himself was in-charge of selection
process.

The MNS chief also said that the aim of conducting the
examination was to make the candidates aware of the work that
takes place in the civic body.

"There are fabulous people in the party, doing good work
and connected well with people, but they have scored low (in
the examination)," he said.

PTI