XAT 2015 Question 31


Answer questions on the basis of information given in the following case.

The Disciplinary Committee of Nation 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 his 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.

Question 31

Mr. Opportunist, a veteran member of NPP, stakes his claims to be nominated as an NPP candidate in the upcoming election. Mr. Opportunist presented the following arguments in favour of his candidature to the NPP Executive Committee.
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?


Statement (V) is unrelated to the topic and will not help the case of Mr Opportunist.

Statements (II) and (III) are against Mr Loyal, which may harm Mr Opportunists' case as Mr Loyal is an important member with a significant following.

Statements (I) and (IV) together will help Mr Opportunist's case as they mention the harm that Mr Loyal's nomination may cause to the party and also why he is the best fit for the same.

Hence, the answer is option B.

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