NCP leader Shashikant Shinde who has been made in-charge of Navi Mumbai Municipal Polls 2020 by party President Sharad Pawar, has already gone into poll mode.
Speaking to NMTV in an interview, Shashikant Shinde chose to refrain from making any direct verbal attacks on former colleague Ganesh Naik, while saying that the Vidhan Sabha election results in Belapur and Airoli is proof that NCP still holds its own in Navi Mumbai, despite Naik’s exit to BJP.
Shashikant Shinde admitted that he was shocked that Ganesh Naik had decided to leave NCP for BJP more because Ganesh Naik had always been one of the leaders sharing the closest equations with Sharad Pawar.
He added that, “had Pawar Saab campaigned in Navi Mumbai, a massive upset for BJP in results cannot be ruled out.”
Speaking on NMMC Elections 2020, he said that, “I have started conversations with Shiv Sena’s Vijay Chougule & Vijay Nahata and Congress’ Anil Kaushik and Santosh Shetty. We will form a Maha Vikas Aghadi and win NMMC Polls 2020.”
While Shashikant Shinde is hopeful of replicating the state pattern in the NMMC polls to put the Naiks led BJP out of power in NMMC, its not as easy as it looks with so many factions of Shiv Sena and Congress working against their own party’s interests in Navi Mumbai.
However, if NCP President Sharad Pawar trains his gun on NMMC with the aim of getting back NCP’s last municipal corporation back in its foyer, then the battle for NMMC will become a tough one for Ganesh Naik.