For the first time, Navi Mumbai Municipal Corporation (NMMC) corporators are actively campaigning for Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) candidate, Sanjeev Naik. The Lok Sabha by- election is proving to be an opportunity for the corporators to experience the rocky ups and downs of poll politics and revive their touch with the voters.
The ruling NCP is leading where participation of corporators in campaigning for the by-election is concerned. A big contingent of NCP party workers have been camping in various wards in the city, ever since the party launced its poll campaign.
Since the NCP has the highest number of sitting corporators in the house, as the civic elections are expected to be held next year, the workers of the paty feel encouraged to come forward in good numbers to participate in the election campaign.
Speaking to Media, Sandip Naik, Standing Committee chairman and younger brother of Candidate Sanjeev Naik, said, “As far as our campaigning strategies are concerned in Navi Mumbai, all our party workers will be on field, campaigning door to door for the NCP candidate.”
Commenting on whether this election campaign is a key for getting tickets for the civic elections that are likely to be scheduled next year, Naik Said, “We are considering these elections as Semi Finals, before the main civic and state elections next year. The party is emphasizing on a door-to-door campaign. All the corporators and other party workers have been instructed to be on field and hole rallies every Saturday and Sunday, in their wards.”
Early in the morning, the party workers tour their wards with NCP party banners, visiting almost every house. They were holding street-corner meetings, making every effort to reach out to the electorate. Visiting every locality in the constituency, the corporators are paying special attention to interaction with the citizens.
Deputy mayor Shashikant Birajdar, who, along with J D Sutar and Ashok Gawde, was Campaigning with guardian minister Ganesh Naik in Nerul on Tuesday, said, “ In an effort to reach out to every house-hold for votes, there is interaction with the people, to ascertain their problems. This campaign will also help us revive our contact with the voters.”
Adds Birajdar, “I am a local resident and know everybody, enjoy good relations with them and meet them on a routine and casual basis. Having a cup of tea and chatting while sitting with them comes to me naturally.”
Navi Mumbai is just small part of Thane district that will be voting in this Lok sabha bye-election. However, Navi Mumbai is a stronghold of the Naik family and the Voters in this constituency have been loyal to their leader in the past several elections.