This is the first time that the NMMC Elections 2010 will see a host of couples contesting. The numbers have risen to 6 with one NCP couple fighting against a Congress couple making it a keen contest. It’s raining couples at NMMC Elections this time. The list has six husbands and wives who have come down on the battlefield. This includes Navi Mumbai Congress Chief Namdeo Bhagat who is going to contest the elections along with his wife corporator Indumati Bhagat. Another couple that will run for the elections for a consecutive turn includes NCP’s M K Madhavi who will contest as an independent candidate and his wife Vinaya Madhavi – this couple is contesting from Airoli. Another couple contesting again from the NCP party is Shivram Patil and his wife Anita Patil who are fielded from the Koperkhairane ward. Another congress corporator who would be contesting along with his wife is Avinash Lad and his wife Pranali Lad. This couple will be contesting from wards in Vashi. Avinash Lad brought his wife in the municipal race when his ward got reserved under the women category. This fourth couple in the list is from Digha where corporator Aparna Gavte and her husband Naveen Gavte are contesting the elections. The keenest of battles however will be witnessed between the Birajdars and Shettys in Nerul. This is because while Deputy Mayor Shashikant Birajdaar is going to contest against Congress corporator Santosh Shetty, Birajdar’s wife Saroj Birajdar is fielded against Shetty’s wife Anita Shetty. This direct one NCP couple versus another Congress couple will make it’s one of the most interesting contests to follow up in NMMC Elections 2010. Bureau report – NMTV News.