In this digital age, where everything has become so virtual; there seems to be a dearth of real, personal and direct connect, and it’s more in politics. This has reached such levels that today the high commands of all political parties are asking their MPs, MLAs and leaders to be available for people in person as much as they are present for them online. The growing understanding of personal connect has brought back memories of former Minister Ganesh Naik’s janta darbars that connected directly with the common man and addressed his issues. It’s a feeling that has been expressed time and again for the last five years. And now with Ganesh Naik’s entry in BJP has set hopes high again that 2019 assembly polls might just bring back Ganesh Naik’s janta darbars.
JANTA DARBARS : A TRADEMARK GANESH NAIK STYLE OF POLITICS
Meeting people, hearing them out, ensuring accessibility is the trademark style of Ganesh Naik politics. As Minister, his janta darbars became the address of most harried common man that could not get his work done in government offices. Hundreds would arrive in the janta darbars Ganesh Naik held in Thane and Navi Mumbai. No other Minister, MP or MLA met people so religiously as Ganesh Naik did thereby earning the credit of being the first man to organise innovative public connects across Thane district.
JANTA DARBARS WON POPULARITY AS A PLATFORM OF HOPE FOR THE COMMON MAN
Ganesh Naik would patiently hear out citizens, their grievances for over 6 hours in each darbar and issued immediate orders to officials. In an interview with NMTV recently, Ganesh Naik recalled the janta darbars and said that spending hours hearing peoples woes and addressing them was something he did not do for the people as much as he did it from his own satisfaction.
VIRTUAL CONNECT VERSUS PERSONAL CONNECT
Today’s leaders seem to be very busy all the time to give citizens’ a hearing. They only speak & talk and want people to listen without any healthy debate or discussion. That is why in the time of virtual age where politicians & leaders use social media to reach out to the public and their followers, there is a need for leaders like Ganesh Naik who still believe in maintaining a real and direct connect with the public. Janta darbar was a hope to common man. There was a constant pressure on officials to perform else they would be reprimanded by Ganesh Naik at the darbars in Thane, Navi Mumbai and Palghar district.
There is no denying : love Ganesh Naik or hate Ganesh Naik, one cannot ignore or take credit from the fact that as far as direct connect with the people is concerned, Ganesh Naik’s janta darbars were and continue to be a trend setter. #ZebaWarsia – NMTV News