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Take railway exam, Raj tells Marathi youth


MUMBAI: Maharashtra Navnirman Sena (MNS) chief Raj Thackeray has urged Marathi youths to apply for the upcoming Railway Recruitment Board (RRB) examinations and end the north Indian monopoly in Indian Railways.
Addressing a conclave of MNS functionaries in Mumbai on Wednesday, Thackeray said, "Marathi boys and girls should appear for the Railways examination in large numbers. Your overwhelming participation should act as a deterrent to leaders from north India who have for long been treating the Railways as their fiefdom."
Thackeray slammed Lalu Prasad Yadav and Ram Vilas Paswan for showing preference to north Indian candidates. Paswan held the railways portfolio in the late 1990s while Lalu was the railway minister in UPA-1.
However, Thackeray complimented present railway minister Mamata Banerjee for issuing notifications in connection with the railway examination in local languages. "During Lalu Yadav's tenureas railway minister, such notifications appeared only in Hindi newspapers. In non-Hindi newspapers, the railway notification was printed in a manner that did not attract the readers' attention," Raj added.
Both Western and Central railway have invited applications for nearly 10,000 posts of assistant pointsmen, cleaner, trackmen, hamal and khalasi. The last date for submitting applications for Mumbai, Nagpur, Pune and Bhusawal is February 15.

The MNS has brought out a booklet to guide Marathi applicants about the forthcoming exams. The booklet contains tips on how to face the final interview and guidelines about the physical test. The MNS booklet will be available for the public and hoardings will be put up to inform Marathis about it, Raj said.

It may be recalled that Thackeray's supporters had staged angry demonstrations at Kalyan and Thane railway station five years ago to protest the arrival of north Indian candidates in Mumbai for the RRB exams. The agitation catapulted Thackeray to political stardom

Source - The Times of India

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