Every time things in the political scenario seem to settle, news creating a stir hit the scenes again. Once again tongues went wagging of possibilities of a political upheaval when NCP leader Vijay Chogule and a few other NCP corporators gave a grand welcome to Congress leader and State Revenue Minister Narayan Rane. There are signs of a political storm hitting the city again with the arrival of Congress leader and State Revenue Minister Narayan Rane at Airoli for Ganeshutsav. The leader first arrived at Airoli village. It may be noted that the Congress is weak at Airoli village. However, this might just change with the visit of Narayan Rane that derived a huge response from villagers. An indication was the welcome of the leader by local Shiv Sena leader Mohan Madvi. But this was not the end of surprises. The biggest surprise of the visit being Narayan Rane’s visit to Vijay Chougule’s office and his grand welcome by the latter and a few other NCP corporators. Of the members of NCP who were present to welcome Narayan Rane were Former NMMC Health Committee Chairman Mahadeo Thorat and NCP corporator Ashok Patil and Mukesh Gaekwad. From the Congress party, the city Chief Namdeo Bhagat, Ramakant Mhatre and Youth Wing President Dashrath Bhagat were the prominent presenties. The NCP party did not take the news of the grand welcome in the evening lightly. The party Navi Mumbai Supremo Ganesh Naik was in Airoli for three hours earlier the same day visiting Ganpati mandals and ensuring their presence is felt as strongly. Narayan Rane’s visit ruffled feathers, as the areas he visited are known as NCP strongholds. Once again speculations of change in political loyalties in the near future have become ripe. A confident Narayan Rane told Navi Mumbai News that he is a man who never tells his political strategies but did say that in the coming time, except Congress all the others parties will lose their identities in Navi Mumbai. Vijay Chougule on the other hand set aside speculations once again stating that his welcoming Narayan Rane is a protocol formality. A few NCP members are still making up their minds of who they should follow – Ganesh Naik or Vijay Chougule. For instance Former NMMC Health Committee Chairman Mahadeo Thorat and NCP corporator Ashok Patil who ended up following the Ganesh Naik troop in the afternoon and the Vijay Chougule troop in the evening. Political experts say that in all its probability, if things continue the present way then the guru Ganesh Naik will compete with his disciple Vijay Chougule in the coming assembly elections from the Airoli constituency. And the way each leader is trying to woo the masses through various events in and around Airoli is an indication of this.


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