Friday, October 2, 2009

Grassroots presence holds key- Ganesh Naik

Even as the candidates contesting October 13 assembly elections are trying their best to garner as many votes as possible to ensure their victory, its grass root presence of the candidates which will be the decisive factor in the forthcoming election. Navi Mumbai which comprises of two constituencies, Airoli and Belapur, has 22 candidates left in the fray. However, of these only few seem to be key players and apple in the eye of people, while others are considered either as beneficiary to someone and spoilsport for other.
NCP which has 48 corporators out of total 95 in NMMC enjoys stronghold at the civic level since party has representative in almost every part of the city. In 2005 civic polls, NCP contested without alliance and received 1,44,000 votes from across the city which is almost three times more than their opponents.
"Our strength is more than our opponents. During 2005 civic elections, we received 78,000 votes in Belapur while in Airoli we got 66,000 votes, while Shiv Sena and Congress received 15,000-18,000 votes in both the regions. This indicates that our presence is much more than them. Besides, after coming to power, we have processed and carried out developmental works worth Rs 10,000 crore. All these factors will definitely work in our favour," senior NCP leader from the city.
However, this assembly election is witnessing many changes in political circle, especially in Belapur constituency where sitting MLA Ganesh Naik is contesting as NCP-Congress alliance candidate and has been pitted against renowned builder and BJP-Shiv Sena candidate Suresh Haware. Initially, this election seemed an easy victory for Naik.
Congress has altogether 15 corporators in NMMC of which 11 are in Belapur and four in Airoli. The numbers indicate that as compared to Airoli, the Congress' presence is stronger in Belapur.

NCP which has 48 corporators out of total 95 in NMMC enjoys stronghold at the civic level and might get good support.
DNA news

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