It’s curtains down to the Ganesh Naik era in Navi Mumbai. A Shiv Sainik before his fallout with late Sena Supremo Balasaheb Thackeray, Ganesh Naik has always been known to have such power on people in Navi Mumbai, that city has been ruled by that political party where Ganesh Naik is. That’s why Navi Mumbai was Shiv Sena ruled when Ganesh Naik was in Shiv Sena and when Ganesh Naik stepped into NCP, Navi Mumbai became NCP ruled till date.
THE MODI WAVE DENTED THE GANESH NAIK HOLD ON NAVI MUMBAI IN LOK SABHA POLLS 2014
The disruption that Prime Minister Narendra Modi brought in politics in India since he was nominated as BJP’s Prime Ministerial candidate sowed the first seed of change of political times in Navi Mumbai. The Lok Sabha elections of 2014 created the first dent in Ganesh Naik’s hold in Navi Mumbai when Sanjeev Naik lost the parliamentary polls. And the jolt that shook Ganesh Naik’s political grounds completely came later the same year when Ganesh Naik himself lost the assembly polls of 2014.
GANESH NAIK HAS BEEN ONE OF BIGGEST CRITICS OF MODI FOR THE LAST 5 YEARS
For the last 5 years, Ganesh Naik continued his vehement attack on Prime Minister Narendra Modi and took him on; on almost every public appearance and this turned all “venom and fire” during the Lok Sabha polls earlier this year when Ganesh Naik appealed people to make Lok Sabha elections all about “Modi Had Paar”.
GANESH NAIK SET TO DITCH HIS GURU SHARAD PAWAR
In fact Ganesh Naik had credited Sharad Pawar for giving the Naik’s so much power that at one time they had the MP, Cabinet Minister, MLA and Mayor posts within the Naik family.
To Ganesh Naik’s utter dismay and disappointment, forget India but even in so-called Ganesh Naik’s Navi Mumbai people were in no mood to do Modi Hadpar. They voted in masses against Ganesh Naik’s appeal adding to the record victory of Shiv Sena BJP candidate Rajan Vichare.
GANESH NAIK LOSING GROUND IN NAVI MUMBAI
The NaMo political tsunami has turned the tide against Ganesh Naik to such an extent, that now Ganesh Naik seems to have lost confidence of winning Navi Mumbai on brand Ganesh Naik. And perhaps that is why they have decided to leave the sinking NCP boat to jump on the BJP yacht for political survival. On face Airoli MLA Sandeep Naik, who sources say has been the mastermind behind the move to join BJP, is evading questions on joining BJP. When NMTV questioned him on the same in an event, Sandeep Naik gave a diplomatic reply.
POLITICAL SURVIVAL WINS OVER MORALS AND ETHICS
As a part of the strategic move to enter BJP, an all-day drama unfolded at Navi Mumbai Mayor’s bungalow to present a picture to the media that the corporators led by Mayor J D Sutar are forcing Ganesh Naik and Sandeep Naik into joining the BJP. However, those who know the political functioning of the NCP from ground zero are aware, that without Ganesh Naik’s go-ahead and pre approval corporators do not dare to pass even a small civic proposal in NMMC, then how will they dare to call a lunch meeting to force Ganesh Naik into joining the BJP? Reliable sources reveal that the Naiks have accepted that only Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s BJP can ensure their political survival in Navi Mumbai and hence, they have bowed down from their earlier anti Modi stand.
Whatever may be the outcome of Naik’s switching their loyalties to BJP; even before assembly elections results are out, one fact has been sealed : it’s the end of the Ganesh Naik era in Navi Mumbai. Zeba Warsia – NMTV News.