In 2009, the citizens of Airoli constituency elected Sandeep Naik as their legislator to the Maharashtra State Assembly. Not even two years since he adorned the role of a MLA and Sandeep Naik is already become a leader of the people. Promise to purpose made him win votes to become a legislator but it’s the delivering these promises that is making him win people to become a leader ! On his birthday, we profile this journey of MLA Sandeep Naik from a legislator to a leader.
Composed but nervous, confident but anxious – this is what many remember of the Sandeep Naik who sat on the dais in the counting hall at Vashi in October 2009. This is where the fate of the winner of the Airoli constituency in the assembly polls was being decided. At that time, his only identity was a one-time corporator and Standing Committee Chairman in NMMC who entered the fray of the assembly polls banking on the hold his father – Thane Guardian Minister Ganesh Naik has on voters in Navi Mumbai. That year, that month – Sandeep Naik registered one of the most thrilling victories in the assembly polls to become a legislator. His detractors however credited his father for the victory. These critics from rival political parties, media, some even his own party did not stop at just that but continued to undermine Sandeep Naik’s capabilities, potential and ability. They wrote him off as a MLA even before he had started off. Not even two years to that day and these very critics are forced to eat their own words. Its not like the nitty gritty of politics was any easier. But Sandeep Naik battled against all odds. Every criticism made him more firm to fight for his principles, his vision and his ideals. His events, activities and work became like a roller coaster ride for cynics. It started off with the “Preparatory Examinations”
PREPARATORY EXAMINATIONS – FIGHTING AWAY THE FEAR OF “BOARD EXAMINATIONS”
Navi Mumbai Shikshan Sankul’s Preparatory Examinations is not like appearing for a mock board examination. It is about fighting away the ghosts that haunt students appearing for the boards. It is about fighting away the fears in the minds of students appearing for SSC Examinations and to usher in a new confidence in them to write their most dreaded examinations. The laptops to the toppers is, of course a bonus !
“GREEN HOPE” – PRESERVING NATURE FOR FUTURE !
Green Hope’s annual Green Missions have become the most effective go-green drives of Navi Mumbai. With the target of planting trees running into lakhs, the drives have reached into nodes, into wards, into streets, into industries, into colonies, into villages, into slums, into schools – delivering a strong message to the world that Navi Mumbai is contributing to save the environment. MLA Sandeep Naik’s message being Join us, fight with us — plant with us !
KRIDA MAHOTSAV – FOR SPORTS BRINGS PEOPLE TOGETHER !
The Sports Fest organized by Sandeep Naik is a winner with young sporting talents. Krida Mahotsav 2011 was a huge success that brought the Dy. Chief Minister of Maharashtra to Navi Mumbai. The city witnessed some of the exciting games during the fest. Sandeep Naik’s Krida Mahotsav have become one of the most awaited sports fests of the city and its all about deploying sports to bring people together.
CERTIFICATE CAMP – FOR LENDING A HAND TO THE HARRIED “COMMON MAN”
The worst nightmare for any common man is to visit any government office. In this list are those citizens – young and old who have to get hassled every time they need a cerificate from the Collector’s office. It is with the aim of easing the worries and hassles of souch citizens that the “certificate camp” too has become an annual initiative held during admission time by MLA Sandeep Naik.
VIDEO CONFERENCING – USING TECHNOLOGY FOR MAXIMUM REACH
Even as everyone thought that this would be it, Sandeep Naik added another to the list. This time he used technology to ensure maximum reach to people in his constituency. Video conferencing became another feather in the hat for Sandeep Naik.
MLA AT YOUR DOORSTEPS
This initiative needs no introduction anymore. Walking on foot, week after week, month after month and year after year, MLA Sandeep Naik inspects the issues, problems and grievances of citizens living across slums, villages and colonies up, close and personal. When Sandeep Naik is out on one of his drives under “MLA at your doorsteps”, it’s just about connecting directly with the people.
And so continues Sandeep Naik’s tightrope walk into the challenging world of politics…from a reserved and hesitant legislator to an energetic, innovative, trend setting and charming leader !