MUMBAI: The Shiv Sena-controlled Sthaneeya Lokadhikar Samiti (SLS) protested at Hutatma Chowk on Wednesday to condemn the UPSC's latest move to drop the option of regional language in its exams. SLS chief and Sena leader Gajanan Kirtikar said: "The decision to drop Marathi will see outsiders appearing for the UPSC exams and occupying key positions in the state ."Worse, they would lack proper knowledge of Marathi and this will create insurmountable problems for the people of the state."
The Sena condemns the UPSC's decision. "We demand that the option of regional language to candidates who appear for UPSC exams should be re-instated immediately,'' he added. The SLS is the Sena's flagship union in the banking and insurance sector, among others.
Aspirants say the move is a violation of their fundamental right of equality and expression. According to the new exam pattern, if an aspirant's medium of instruction at graduation level is not Gujarati, he shall not be allowed to write exams in Gujarati.