DNA, Navi Mumbai.
Even as Navi Mumbai is going to the polls on April 30, the Congress-Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) alliance candidate Dr.Sanjeev Naik is receiving tremendous support from various communities, associations and leaders from across the city.
On Monday Keralites residing in the city held a procession from Airoli till Vashi expressing support to Naik. “I will support a candidate, who is secular-minded and work for the people. I am sure that Naik will stand up to our expectation,’ said a keralite who participated in the rally.
Likewise, Uttar Bharatiya and Bihari associations expressed their support to the NCP leader. Various associations working among these communities like Nagrik Kalyan Sangh, Uttar Bhartiya seva Sangh, All india Indira Gandhi Vichar Manch followed suit expressing their support for Naik. Moreover, Hindu Mazdoor Kisan Panchayat, Bhimsangram and RPI (Democratic) have declared their support for Naik in a recent held meeting. These outfits have a strong following among municipal employees, hawkers, salesman, rickshaw drivers, contract workers, call centre employees, mall employees, and taxi drivers.
Similarly, Santosh Shetty, Who is a Vice President of Karnataka Sangh, Navi Mumbai came openly in support Naik. “ I am personally approaching all South Indians residing in the city to vote for Naik.South Indians have always backed Congress. This time also, we are requesting them to maintain their stand for the sake of the city. In addition to this, we have visited city temples like Shaneeshwara Temple, Nerul and Mokambika temple, Ghansoli requesting their support,” stated Santosh Shetty who is also a Chairman of city’s Bunts Sangh.
Even Ravi iyer of South Indian Welfare Association has assured the support of the city’s Tamilian community.