NCP Supremo and Union Agricultural Minister Sharad Pawar urged party workers and Navi Mumbai NCP leaders to forget all about who was given candidature and work for the victory of the party candidates in both the constituencies in Navi Mumbai. The NCP has fielded Ganesh Naik in Belapur constituency and Sandeep Naik in the Airoli constituency. Post delimitation, Ganesh Naik’s original constituency has been divided into 5 constituencies viz. Thane Rural, Mumbra-Kausa, Meera Bhayander, Airoli and Belapur. During the last assembly elections Ganesh Naik created a record of sorts in the state by winning in this constituency with a record margin of nearly 1 lac 18 thousand votes. When delimitation happened, the political aspirants of both Congress and NCP from these areas became hopeful of running for elections. No points for guessing, that with this started clashes between leaderships within each party. In some cases, the clash within party leadership became so fierce that it became a headache for the party high commands. And no matter how much the Supremos of both the Congress and NCP tried, post declaration of candidatures, rebels and disgruntled elements have surfaced in both the parties. In Navi Mumbai, several ticket hopefuls both in Congress and NCP were upset when the names of Ganesh Naik from Belapur and Sandeep Naik from Airoli were declared. One of the NCP leaders who had demanded candidature from Airoli was Mathadi leader Narendra Patil. However, later he consented to Sandeep Naik’s candidature. And even though some still continued speculations that the Mathadi faction was upset, Narendra Patil came out in full support of the decision of the party to give candidatures to Ganesh Naik and Sandeep Naik. During Sharad Pawar’s visit to APMC, Narendra Patil said that as Labour Minister Ganesh Naik has worked for the workers class and now that Sandeep Naik is contesting the elections, the Mathadis will ensure that Sandeep Naik is elected with a thumping majority from Airoli constituency. On the other, NCP Belapur candidate Ganesh Naik informed NCP Supremo Sharad Pawar about his how he got the Chief Minister Ashok Chavan’s approval for the 2.5 FSI for CIDCO dilapidated apartments and SRA applicable for Navi Mumbai. Sharad Pawar too sent out a message to all the disgruntled elements in the NCP party and urged them to forget who was given candidature or why is NCP fighting from less seats. The Maratha strongman also voiced confidence that the Mathadi workers and leaders will stand behind Ganesh Naik and Sandeep Naik during the elections. Sharad Pawar underlined the need of both the Congress and NCP party workers and leaders to work with unity to ensure that the secular alliance came back to power. With the NCP Supremo Sharad Pawar kicking off the poll campaign for NCP candidates from Belapur and Airoli Ganesh Naik and Sandeep Naik, it has certainly given a boost to the NCP in the city ahead of elections. Sharad Pawar’s visit may now force BJP and Shiv Sena candidates to ensure that even their top leaders visit Navi Mumbai to boost their campaigning just like Sharad Pawar did for the secular alliance. With cameraperson Abhay Prasad, Zeba Warsia for NMTV News.
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