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Answer questions 1-5 on the basis of information given in the following case.
The Disciplinary Committee of National Political Party (NPP) is meeting today to decide on the future of two of their party members, Mr. Loyal and his son Mr. Prodigal. Mr. Prodigal is the prime accused in the brutal murder of Mr. Victim, an opposition party leader. Mr. Prodigal is in police custody and his appeal for bail has got rejected. Mr. Loyal claims that his son is innocent and Mr. Victim’s death was the result of internal rivalry in the opposition party. Though Mr. Loyal is not accused in this case, his weakness for his son is well known. The media is blaming him for influencing key witnesses to protect his son. Severe criticism of this father-son ,duo, both by the media and some social activists, is damaging the image of the party. However, Mr. Loyal has significant followers within the party and is considered an asset to the party. Any harsh decision against Mr. Loyal would adversely affect the future of NPP and could even lead to a split in the party. This would benefit the opposition.
XAT Decision Making: Test-1
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Take no action against Mr. Loyal.
Suspend Mr. Prodigal from the party with immediate effect.
Expel Mr. Loyal from the party with immediate effect.
Ban Mr. Loyal from entering party premises till completion of the court proceedings.
Initiate an internal inquiry to find the truth.
Expel Mr. Prodigal from the party with immediate effect to maintain party's clean image.
Initiate an internal inquiry to find the truth.
Suspend Mr. Prodigal from the party with immediate effect but announce that he will be taken back if the court declares him innocent.
Suspend both Mr. Loyal and Mr. Prodigal from the party with immediate effect.
I. Mr. Loyal's candidature in the upcoming election will adversely impact NPP's chances. Hence, the party should not nominate him.
II. The party should call a press conference to disown Mr. Loyal. This would enhance the party's image.
III. The party would not be able to take any strong disciplinary action against Mr. Loyal, if he gets re-elected.
IV. I have a lot of goodwill and significant followers in the constituency.
V. None of my close relatives are into active politics.
Which of the following combinations would best strengthen the claim of Mr. Opportunist?
I & III
I & IV
II & III
III & V
IV & V
Statement I: This provides the party with a strong reason to select Mr. Opportunist. It clearly outlines the problem with Mr. Loyal’s candidature and gives the party adequate reason to select another candidate.
Statement II: This has no impact on the candidature of Mr. Opportunist. Remember, you need to select the statements that help the party select him as the candidate for the upcoming elections. This statement does not provide a reason to select Mr. Opportunist; it simply provides a course of action against Mr. Loyal.
Statement III: Again, this is not a reason for selecting Mr. Opportunist. This option is conjectural in nature and also, if the party has to take action against Mr. Opportunist, why not take it now? Why wait till the time when he is re-elected?
Statement IV: This is a good reason to select Mr. Opportunist. It focuses on his strengths and provides the party with a reason to select him.
Statement V: This is no impact on the given question and is an illogical answer option.
The main opposition party has invited Mr. Loyalto join the party and contest the election. Chance of winning is high.
Not participating in the campaign and instructing his followers to stay away from the campaigning process.
Ask his followers to support the NPP nominated candidate and display his loyalty to NPP.
Mr. Loyal should contest as an independent candidate. But because of a split in votes, his chances of winning would be low.
Influence the nomination process through his followers within NPP, to get one of his close associates nominated.
Option B pushes him further to political wilderness.
Option C again does not help him in any way. In fact, he might be further pushed outside the political spectrum post-elections.
Option D is ruled out as the chances of his winning are very low.
Option E means that he installs a proxy candidate in his place. In comparison to this, option A is the stronger option. Also, there is no guarantee this candidate will win the election. If he does not, Mr. Loyal loses his political standing even further.
Remove Mr. Prodigal and Mr. Loyal from the party permanently.
Only remove Mr. Prodigal from the party and issue no directive for Mr. Loyal.
Remove Mr. Prodigal from the party and ask Mr. Loyal to tender a resignation.
Since the court has given a verdict already, the party does not need to do anything.
Remove Mr. Prodigal from the party and temporarily suspend Mr. Loyal.