Wednesday, September 30, 2009

36 sects of Rajasthani community offer their support as gratitude to NCP candidates Ganesh Naik and Sandeep Naik

NCP Belapur candidate Ganesh Naik and NCP Airoli candidate Sandeep Naik met the Rajastani Community at Vishnudas Bhave auditorium in Vashi where they interacted with this community and got to know their issues. Even since the elections have been declared, representatives from all communities have been declaring their support to Ganesh Naik and Sandeep Naik.

36 sects of the Rajasthani community living in Navi Mumbai came together at Vashi to honour NCP Belapur candidate Ganesh Naik and NCP Airoli Sandeep Naik for their work and give them their support and wishes for the upcoming elections. Both the candidates were honored by tying turbans on their head.

Ganesh Naik – a leader for the last 40 years is known for his work and achievements. His dedication to the cause of progress and development of Navi Mumbai commands respect and honour from all. And as a part of showing their support and gratitude, people from all communities have been inviting Ganesh Naik as he runs for elections again. Rajasthani community is one of the many communities who are witness to the peace and security that Ganesh Naik has provided them as a guardian for villagers and migrants.

Humbled by their support and wished, Ganesh Naik shared with the audience how since his childhood he has never differentiated between people of different castes or creed. Later on speaking to the media, he appreciated the honor given to him by the Rajasthani community.

Tuesday, September 29, 2009

NCP-Congress alliance candidates Sandeep Naik and Ganesh Naik from Airoli and Belapur constituencies

NCP-Congress alliance candidates Sandeep Naik and Ganesh Naik from Airoli and Belapur constituencies respectively commenced their state assembly election campaign on Sunday. On the first day of campaigning, Guardian Minister Ganesh Naik accompanied his younger son Sandeep during the visits in Airoli constituency, while Sandeep's elder brother and Thane MP Sanjeev is expected to join them soon. The trio will carry out rally in both the constituencies accompanied by party corporators and supporters.
"We all are serving the city- I as the NMMC Standing Committee Chief, my father as the Thane Guardian Minister and my elder brother Sanjeev as the MP of Thane. It has been decided that we together will approach the city residents to seek their votes," said Sandeep Naik, who is contesting the assembly polls for first time.
The father-son duo has been visiting door-to-door in various sectors of Airoli and has already covered pockets of Anand Nagar, Ganesh Nagar, Ram Nagar, Ganpatipada, Sathe Nagar, Vishnu Nagar, Ilthanpada, Hanuman Nagar, Chinchpada, Yadavnagar and various wards of Airoli constituency. "We are trying to reach-out to each and every voter of the city. Besides, we are also conducting meetings in chowks. We plan our visits and meetings as per the convenience of voters," added Naik.
It's not only candidates, even the party workers and corproators are also busy visiting voters. "We are ensuring that people are not forgetting the services given by the Naiks, who have worked only with an objective over the years - the development of Navi Mumbai," said a Congress worker from Airoli.

Monday, September 28, 2009

CP will win both Airoli and Belapur seats-asserts Thane Guardian minister Ganesh Naik after filing nomination

On the second last day of filing nominations, the front runners from Belapur and Airoli constituencies filed their nominations. Thane Guardian Minister Ganesh Naik filed his nominations as the official NCP-Congress Candidate from the Belapur constituency.

The much-anticipated moment of filing nominations saw the front runners of Belapur and Airoli constituencies arriving at the centers today. Evidently hundreds of NCP party workers from all over the city gathered at Belapur in support of sitting MLA and NCP Congress candidate Ganesh Naik. In a while Thane guardian minister ganesh naik arrived at Belapur and marched down the road with his supporters to Konkan Bhavan.

Thane Guardian Minister GN has a formidable image as a candidate who created a record in the last assembly elections by winning with a margin of 1 lac 18 thousand votes. He is known as a secular leader who knows every inch of Navi Mumbai like the backyard of his house. Post delimitation his constituency has reduced to 1/5th of its original size. After filing his nominations Ganesh Naik voiced confidence that voters of Navi Mumbai will vote him to power again. The prominent leaders who were present with Ganesh Naik were MP Dr. Sanjeev Naik, Mathadi Leader Narendra Patil and MLC Manda Mhatre.

Take a dream ride of the all new concretized Thane Belapur road with Sana Warsia

The NCP believe that the concretization work of the Thane Belapur Road is one of the many works undertaken by them that is a testimony of their focus for progress and development of Navi Mumbai and providing every possible amenity to tax paying citizens. To find the commuters response to the work, Sana Warsia took a trip of the Thane Belapur Road.

Conceived by Thane Guardian Minister Ganesh Naik and completed under the headship of Sandeep Naik as Standing Committee Chairman of NMMC, the Thane Belapur today has made the nightmarish commute full of potholes and craters a thing of the past.

When NMMC started the work on Thane Belapur Road, commuters had little trust whether the NMMC would live upto the picture it had painted of a smooth drive to Thane for the next 25 years at a stretch. NMMC allocated Rs. 111 Crores for the work and so far Rs. 130 Crores have been spent on the project. And finally today the ride on Thane Belapur Road compels one to believe that every penny of the tax payer’s money spent on the project has been a worthy investment. Initially the concretization work became a means of constant attack on NMMC and the ruling front for the delay in the work and its quality.
Unanimous opinion is that the drive to and fro from this stretch especially for Navi Mumbaikars and Thaneites was never this smooth, no traffic congestion and time saving. With the media keeping a close watch on the work, the NMMC ensured that the work lived up to the promises made to citizens. The six-lane road is so wide enough that many vehicles can pass at a time from either side. And the concretization work has also ensured that motorists do not have to spend extra on maintenance. And there’s more, the authorities are planning to ensure a non-stop drive on this road after averting all the chances of road crossing by the pedestrians. Necessary provisions have been made in the plan of the flyovers so as to facilitate road crossing by vehicles and pedestrians as well, without obstructing the traffic flow on the Thane-Belapur road.

It’s NCP Supremo Sharad Pawar’s powerful start to poll campaigning for NCP candidates Ganesh Naik

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.

Saturday, September 26, 2009

NCP leadership will strive for development of city

Union Agriculture Minister Sharad Pawar has said that even if NCP got two seats less after its alliance with Congress as compared to last elections, it is the duty of the party to keep Maharashtra united. "I am sure that our party leaders will do it successfully," Pawar said while addressing Mathadi workers on the occasion 76th birth anniversary celebrations of Mathadi leader and former MLA late Annasaheb Patil on Friday at Onion Potato Market, Vashi.
Asking the workers to vote for NCP candidates Ganesh Naik and Sandeep Naik during October 13 assembly elections, Pawar said, "We are here to create leadership which will benefit Mathadi workers, the leadership that will strive for the development of Navi Mumbai on all fronts."
The party ticket was given to Sandeep Naik, the younger son of Guardian Minister Ganesh Naik. "Narendra Patil is indeed a strong leader but the right things will take place at right time. Let the time come and he will surely get what he deserves," Pawar said.

Thursday, September 24, 2009

Thane District Guardian Minister Ganesh Naik also filed his nomination as NCP candidate from Belapur in the presence of huge number of supporters

Besides corporators, NCP MLC Manda Mhatre, Mathadi leader Narendra Patil and sitting MP and his elder son Sanjeev Naik also accompanied Naik at Konkan Bhavan. Naik, who has served two terms as MLA would be contesting from Belapur while his younger son Sandeep will contest from Airoli. "We will be victorious in both seats since we have been in the forefront of the development in Navi Mumbai," Ganesh Naik said.
On the same day, Sandeep Naik, the Standing Committee chief of NMMC filed the nomination from Airoli constituency at Saraswati Vidyalaya, Airoli as NCP candidate. "Mathadi leader Narendra Patil, MLC Manda Mhatre, corporators and people from all caste and religions accompanied me. I would request to exercise their franchise in the favour of the right candidate," Sandeep added. Nerul-based Mahesh Khare and Seawoods-based Sukumar Killedar also filed their nomination papers onThursday.

'It's not rebellion, but opportunism'

Even as Congress leaders from Navi Mumbai have gone rebellious by forming Navi Mumbai Vikas Alliance, Thane District Guardian Minister and sitting legislator from Belapur Ganesh Naik refused to even consider it as rebellion since the candidates have not yet filed the nomination papers. "I will not call it rebellious, because they have not filed the nomination papers and even after filing the papers, they can withdraw the same. If these people stick to their stand even after withdrawal date, then I will consider them as rebels," Naik said. He also said the people believing in party values will not take such steps since high commands of both the parties have taken seat sharing decision together. "Few days back, Navi Mumbai Congress leaders approached me to insist that I should be contesting from Airoli. I told them that they should express their opinion to their party high command and we will put forth our point of view to our party high command whose decision will be obligatory to us," added Naik. Similarly, he said if the seats would have gone to Congress, he would have not approved rebellion in Navi Mumbai NCP. "This decision is given by party high command and in alliance there is bound to be injustice on someone. Therefore, rebellion is not the solution. It's democracy and any one can contest the election either through some party or as an independent," Naik said.
When questioned about family dynasty being practiced in politics, Naik said, "Apart from creating their own identity, both of my sons Sanjeev and Sandeep have worked for party and on basis of that social work, Sandeep has demanded ticket. Now, it's up to the party bosses to decide whether he is eligible for the same. However, we will support the candidate which will be fielded by the party."

Tuesday, September 22, 2009

North Indian meet held by Uttar Shetriya Pragati Sangh

The Uttar Shetriya Pragati Sangh, Navi Mumbai organized a get together meet at Vashi to bring the north Indian community closer. Present during the meet was Thane Guardian Minister Ganesh Naik.

The north Indian community had a get together at Abbot Hotel to primarily understand their needs and to discuss it with Thane Guardian Minister Ganesh Naik. Ganesh Naik recalled his days with the members of the north Indian community which started when he was 20 years old and was with the Shiv Sena party. Also present for this occasion was MP Dr Sanjeev Naik who was felicitated for his work and achievements. Speaking to the media Major J P Singh said that this meeting was organized to understand the problems and meet up and solve them.

It’s going to be NCP’s Ganesh Naik versus BJP’s Suresh Haware for the Belapur constituency

It’s official. NCP party has nominated the sitting MLA Thane Guardian Minister Ganesh Naik from Belapur constituency while BJP has given the candidature to famous city builder Suresh Haware. That leaves only the declaration of the NCP candidate, which many believe is going to be Sandeep Naik.

The battle-lines are more or less drawn all over the State for the State Assembly Polls on October 13. its official that the 151, Belapur constituency is all set to witness a straight fight between Thane Guardian Minister Ganesh Naik as the NCP candidate and the city builder Suresh Haware is the BJP candidate. In a recent interview, Thane Guardian Minister Ganesh Naik had expressed his will to contest from Belapur seat.

Even in Airoli, Vijay Chougule of Shiv Sena is all set to take on the Congress-NCP alliance candidate, which though not officially declared in all its probability will be NMMC Standing Committee Chairman Sandeep Naik.
The Belapur seat fell in NCP’s kitty as the Congress leaders had no credibility and credentials to impress the high commands in terms of voters or work done in comparison to Thane Guardian Minister Ganesh Naik. Even if one were to go by numbers in the Navi Mumbai Municipal Corporation and the comfortable lead of Sanjeev Naik of NCP in the recent Lok Sabha polls then – In Belapur, out of 46 wards, the NCP has 26 seats while the Congress has 11. In Airoli out of the 42 wards, the NCP has 31 seats while the Congress has just 4. Sanjeev Naik has a lead of over 19000 votes in Belapur against his nearest Shiv Sena rival Vijay Chougule and over 14000 votes in Airoli. However, Vishwarath Nayar feels in assembly elections that both Belapur and Airoli seats are equally tough and equally easy. And what about the independents? They won’t play any decisive role in the electoral results says Vishwarath Nayar. In both the seats, it is going to be the ability as a leader, work done factor and promises in the future that will decide who will be the voter’s choice of MLA from Belapur and Airoli.
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Sunday, September 20, 2009

Navi Mumbai police holds Iftaar party at Vashi

As the month of Ramadan comes to an end, number of Iftaars have increased. While the Iftaar at Bonkode village saw the participation of Thane Guardian Minister Ganesh Naik, the Navi Mumbai Police organized an Iftaar Party at Vashi.

While the celebration of the Ramazan month may be coming to an end, many communities are holding Roz-Iftaar. One such feasting was seen by the Navi Mumbai Police which organised an Iftaar party at Vashi. The event was graced by Thane Guardian Minister Ganesh Naik. Also present was Navi Mumbai Police Commissioner Gulabrao Pol along with Ali Shamsi. The Iftaar party saw a huge gathering of muslims coming together to break the fast together. Later on, Thane Guardian Minister Ganesh Naik and the guests present spoke to the media.

On the other hand, an Iftaar party was also held at khairane village where NMMC Standing Committee Chairman Sandeep Naik was present. The Iftaar party held by the KGN Welfare association was held at the Jama Masjid in Khairne. Sandeep Naik was welcomed with shawl and zaree cap. The Muslim community then read the Magrib prayers and broke their fast.

Many flock Bhavkaleshwar temple to wish Thane Guardian minister Ganesh Naik

There is a reason why is considered to be the tallest of leaders in the region. This week when Thane Guardian Minister Ganesh Naik celebrated his birthday, from the young to the old, to the handicap and even the third gender made a beeline to Bhavkaleshwar Temple to greet the undisputed secular leader on his birthday. We decided to select the moments of moments from the celebrations as our wrap up report for this weekend. Thank you so much for staying with us.

They flocked to Bhavkaleswar temple since morning to wish their leader “Happy Birthday” and as the day moved into noon and noon into evening, most of the time Thane Guardian Minister Ganesh Naik could not budge even a bit as well wishers and followers surrounded him one after the other to meet and greet the leader on his birthday. Some brought flowers, some unique gifts, some shook hands while some hugged Ganesh Naik overwhelmed to meet the leader on his birthday.

From the young to the old, handicap to the third gender, there was no segment of the society that did not visit Bhavkaleshwar Temple to be a part of Thane Guardian Minister Ganesh Naik’s birthday celebrations. And when one saw people from all segments and communities at the venue, one could see why Ganesh Naik is considered to be the undisputed secular leader of the masses !

Sena faces setback ahead of elections as KK strong corporator Shivram Patil from Sena to NCP

When Sena corporator Shivram Patil arrived at Bhavkaleshwar Temple to greet Thane Guardian Minister Ganesh Naik on his birthday, tongues were set wagging that Shivram Patil was all set to part ways from the Shiv Sena at a crucial time ahead of elections to join NCP. While Shivram Patil said that his differences with his Navi Mumbai Chief was the reason for changing loyalties, the latter said that Shivram Patil’s defection will hardly have any impact on the Shiv Sena’s prospect in the upcoming assembly elections. Monika Bhosale reports.

Sena Corporator Shivram Patil arriving at Bhavkaleshwar Temple to greet Thane Guardian Minister Ganesh Naik on his birthday – these are the visuals that shocked many. As if this was not enough take a look at what Shivram Patil had to say about Ganesh Naik after greeting the leader.

Shivram Patil dropping in at Thane Guardian Minister Ganesh Naik led to speculations of him joining the NCP and leaving Shiv Sena that too at a crucial time of assembly elections. After all who doesn’t remember the grand entry that Shivram Patil had made into the Shiv Sena in the presence of Sena Executive President Uddhav Thackeray. All speculations came to rest when Shivram Patil admitted later to the media that he had decided to leave the Shiv Sena and join NCP because he was unhappy with the Navi Mumbai Shiv Sena Chief Vijay Chougule.

And while the Shiv Sena seems to be unperturbed with Shivram Patil’s exit, the NCP party is seeing defection and change of loyalties to the NCP party as a welcome sign ahead of the assembly polls.

Thursday, September 17, 2009

Ganesh Naik-an undisputed secular leader of the masses- a special report to mark his Birthday

September 15 marks the birthday of Thane Guardian Minister Ganesh Naik. Ganesh Naik today is a household name in Navi Mumbai. He has become the symbol of Navi Mumbai’s spirit and distinction. He has worked to improve education, to promote unity among all communities and in the progress of Navi Mumbai. that tells you more about the city’s favorite leader – popularly called dada – the big brother by all.

The Thane Guardian Minister Ganesh Naik, unlike most politicians, reflects the spirit of a true Indian who walks his talk. While his thought is dressed with all that is modern and ennobling, Thane Guardian Minister Ganesh Naik in person is invariably clothed in simple. In all of his public and private conversations, he speaks from the core of his heart. Naturally, he hates hypocrisy. As the Navi Mumbai's most beloved son and the State’s Environment and Excise Minister, Ganesh Naik exemplifies a moral integrity that shines far beyond Navi Mumbai. His life might have started like an ordinary man but he rose to become a leader because of extraordinary circumstances. Anyone who has had a chance to know the real Ganesh Naik is witness the story of how he turned myth into a man for whom public service is an article of faith.

Thane Guardian Minister Ganesh Naik strongly believes that the human life is a boon to share one's blessings with others, while serving less privileged human beings. It is this humane principle that made him a pioneer of delivering to the people of Navi Mumbai. Ganesh Naik is a visionary – a man who dares to dream of making the impossible, possible. The road for him has not been easy. Tormented by controversies, plagued by corruption among his followers; dogged by worries about delivering Ganesh Naik has become a wiser man. In the process he has undeniably made mistakes, based on a stubborn belief in himself. Yet his stature and integrity remain such that these failings tend to enhance rather than diminish his humanity. Ganesh Naik’s life is the extraordinary story of an epic of struggle, setback, renewed hope, and ultimate triumph, which even today remains virtually unknown to most of the world. To people around Navi Mumbai Ganesh Naik is a source of courage, determination and inspiration. To people around Navi Mumbai, Ganesh Naik stands for the triumph of dignity, triumph of self-discipline, triumph of love.

Be it the State Excise Dept. revenue figure leaping from Rs. 1700 Crore to Rs. 4000 Crores or NMMC buying a permanent source of water supply in Navi Mumbai or building the hi tech STP plants or NMMC’s School Vision or Garden Vision or given equal wages to contract workers in NMMC or 2.5 FSI for old dilapidated CIDCO buildings – all are the brainchild of Ganesh Naik who has transformed Navi Mumbai into a 21st century world class city.

Though measuring 5'8", Thane Guardian Minister Ganesh Naik looks majestically simple in his appearance with an ever-smiling genial countenance. This in fact overshadows his unfailing willpower to achieve his targets with the resilience and tenacity of a spider. Thane Guardian Minister Ganesh Naik is known for his unprecedented accessibility and secular image. Navi Mumbaikars who have known him for years recall how Guardian Minister Ganesh Naik works round the clock, at times for hours on foot in scorching sun without food and water: knowing first-hand the real problems of the people in their own language and their doorstep.

Thane Guardian Minister Ganesh Naik upholds the principle of liberty, equality and justice to all sections and communities in the city. His secular image has made him the tallest and most revered leader of the region with a huge mass following. He’s a man with one mission and that communal harmony always. Thane Guardian Minister Ganesh Naik believes that the ultimate objective of any program executed under a democratic set-up should be prompt and dependable delivery of services to the common man.

Thane Guardian Minister Ganesh Naik's strength lies in his stature as a mass leader since his advent in politics. Whether in or out of power, he has always championed the cause of the common man. This has endeared him to all segments of the NCP party as well. Even after holding the portfolios of three important departments of the State – Excise, earlier Labour and Environment, Thane Guardian Minister Ganesh Naik always made it a point to address all the problems that are brought before him directly by people, cutting through bureaucratic hurdles, at every Janta Darbar.

The circumstances of Ganesh Naik’s youth led him to walk paths that, today, make him a public leader who exemplifies courage, selflessness, exuberance, superhuman ability and amazing grace. And it is because of these very qualities that made a little boy from Bonkode village in Navi Mumbai grow up to become Environment and Excise Minister in the Government of Maharashtra. Perhaps his biggest achievement has been striking the perfect balance as a leader between the immigrants and the villagers in Navi Mumbai. Thane Guardian Minister Ganesh Naik is committed to being a custodian of people's trust that is invaluable. The concluding paragraph in “Good to Great”, a book authored by Jim Collins is the most apt statement, which we bring to our viewers as our birthday salutations to the best leader in the city as he steadily moves into the divine zone of enduring glory.

11th Saraswati Samaroh 2009 held in Navi Mumbai

The Navi Mumbai Gujrati Samaj had organized the 11th Saraswati Samaroh 2009 which saw the presence of Thane Guardian minister Ganesh Naik, MP Dr Sanjeev Naik and NMMC Standing committee chairman Sandeep Naik.

The Gujrati community has contributed a lot in the development of Navi Mumbai. The community brought together all the members under one roof under the event Saraswati Sammelan 2009. The event was held at Gujrat Samaj in Vashi. Present as the chief guest was Thane Guardian Minister Ganesh Naik, MP Sanjeev Naik and NMMC Standing committee chairman Sandeep Naik. Thane Guardian Minister Ganesh Naik lit the traditional lamp to seek the blessings of the lord. Speaking to the media, he appreciated the contribution made by Gujrathi community in the development of the city. During the programme, meritorious students were also felicitated with bronze, silver and gold medals. The members of the community felicitated MP Dr Sanjeev Naik with a souvenir. Dr Sanjeev Naik expressed his gratitude towards this honour.

Banjari Samjholds get together

Later on Thane Guardian Minister Ganesh Naik and MP Dr. Sanjeev Naik was also present during a grand get together and felicitation ceremony of students held by the Banjari Samaj Ekta Association at Vashi.

The Banjari samaj is know as the backward community. Today the community has more than a population of two lakhs. Members of this community came forward and made an association of their own called the Bnajari Samaj Ekta Association. The community held a grand get together at Vishnudas Bhave auditorium where Ahmednagar’s Habhap Bupasaheb Maharaj Khade was present to felicitate meritorious students of this community. Present as the chief guest on the event was Thane Guardian Minister Ganesh Naik and Thane MP Dr. Sanjeev Naik.

We also caught up with the organizer Arjun Dongre.

Tuesday, September 15, 2009

On his birthday, Naik says his focus is on the people of satellite city and not his opponents

"As far as the October 13 assembly elections are concerned, my focus is on the people of Navi Mumbai. Who is joining hands with whom to ensure my defeat is the least of my worries. It's a democracy and everyone here has a right to shake hands with anyone before, during or after elections," said a confident Thane Guardian Minister and NCP's potential candidate for the Belapur assembly seat, Ganesh Naik on the eve of his 59th birthday.
Naik continued, "I believe in my voters from Navi Mumbai who hail from all castes, classes, religions and financial backgrounds. These people are aware of my work and what I stand for. So, I am not at all worried about the result."
On his plans for celebrating the birthday, he said that it would a simple affair this year. "I will be going to the Bavkhaleshwar temple to seek the Lord's blessings at 10 am and will be meeting my friends and party workers till 2 pm."
Born on September 15, 1950, Naik began his political career as a workers' leader in 1970. Barring the assembly polls of 1999, when he parted ways with Shiv Sena, Naik has been representing Navi Mumbai's Belapur seat, considered as the largest assembly constituency in the state before delimitation, for around 15 years. Besides, Naik has been widely credited for helping his son Sanjeev win the Thane Parliamentary seat, said to be traditional stronghold of Shiv Sena, on NCP's ticket.
Expansion of the Thane-Belapur road to bus services to Mumbai from the satellite city are among his visible achievements in recent times.
Speaking about him, Navi Mumbai Deputy Mayor and NCP leader Shashikant Birajdar said, "I have been working with him for the past 30 years. He is a leader who truly walks with people from all castes and creeds, even as many newcomers make a pretension of being secular leaders. Where others have not even contributed locally, Naik is the only leader from the city who stands tall at the state-level and has always delivered on all fronts. And we hope that he will continue the good work in the years to come."

Thane Guardian minister Ganesh Naik comes to the rescue of PAPs and city builders as transfer of PAP plots lifted

Thane Guardian Minister Ganesh Naik came to the rescue of city builders and project affected persons. In a decision that has bailed out the construction industry from a deep crisis, Thane Guardian Minister Ganesh Naik approached the Chief Minister’s Office and ensured the CM decision of stay on transfer of PAP plots in Navi Mumbai is revoked. It maybe recalled that in one his ‘janta darbaars’, Thane Guardian Minister Ganesh Naik had assured the city builders of taking up the issue with the Chief Minister after which the decision was taken.

The state had announced the 12.5% scheme to benefit PAPs from whom the state has acquired land for the development of Navi Mumbai. The compensation for taking land for the original landlords came to be known as the 12.5 scheme of CIDCO. It maybe recalled that NMMC Opposition Leader Ramakant Mhatre, who known as a close confidante of the Chief Minister had said that the transfer of PAP plot was against the interest of the PAPs and the reason why he approached the Chief Minister to stay the transfer of plots to PAPs. Making serious allegations of corruption, Ramakant Mhatre added that CIDCO officials were doing a lot of corruption by exploiting the 12.5% PAP scheme.

However, the Builders Association of Navi Mumbai knew one person who could bail them out from their crisis and that’s why a delegation of builders approached Thane Guardian Minister Ganesh Naik during a janta darbaar. The builders informed the Minister about how the stay spelling doom for more than 90% of developmental work in the city being done of 12.5% PAP plots. Thane Guardian Minister Ganesh Naik assured the builders and PAPs that he’d meet the Chief Minister Ashok Chavan and ensured that the stay was lifted. A day after the assurance, the Thane Guardian Minister Ganesh Naik met the Chief Minister and the stay was lifted. By approaching the Chief Minister Ashok Chavan and getting the stay lifted, Thane Guardian Minister Ganesh has once again proved why he is called the guardian and custodian for villagers and migrants in Navi Mumbai city.

Tuesday, September 1, 2009

Navi Mumbai Kerala samaj celebrates silver Jubilee

The Navi Mumbai Kerela samaj held an inaugural function for its silver jubilee celebrations at Nerul. Present to join the celebrations of the Keralites was Thane Guardian Minister Ganesh Naik.

It was a day of double joy for the Navi Mumbai Kerela Samaj as the community was not just celebrating their Onam festival but was also celebrating its successful completion of 25 years. The community held an event at Nerul and celebrated the day with traditional galore. Present to be a part of the celebrations and to inaugurate the silver jubilee celebrations of the community was Thane Guardian Minister Ganesh Naik. He praised the works of the community on the day. He also wished the Kerela community a very happy Onam.

The celebration committee chairman, Mathew Thomas spoke on the objectives of the celebrations. We also caught up with the President of the samaj, K A Kurup. Thane Guardian Minister Ganesh Naik also announcd a donation of Rs 11 lakhs for the commendable work being done by the Navi Mumbai Kerala Samaj.