Thursday, June 18, 2009

Flattery overflows at General Body Meeting

City corporators tried to impress newly-elected Member of Parliament Sanjeev Naik during the Navi Mumbai Municipal Corporation's (NMMC) general body meeting held on Thursday at NMMC Headquarters in Belapur. Naik was invited by the House for felicitating him and in this process over four hours were exhausted flattering Naik for his intelligence, generosity and so on. Keeping aside all other issues, the House continued praising Naik. While some corporators insisted on their proximity with Naiks, others pressed on their role during elections and the good old relations with Sanjeev Naik and his family. The corporators also took opportunity to share their memories with the leader. "I stood besides Ganesh Naik (Dada) when he joined NCP from Shiv Sena. Since then I have been with him and was instrumental in gaining popularity for the party. I approached Sanjeev Naik in 2007 and he called me to meet. He took me to Morbe Dam from Belapur and it was then I tasted Morbe dam water. During the trip, we discussed several issues," NCP corporator Anant Sutar said.
The general body was also used by many to send political messages to the rivals as well as promote self interest. "Sanjeev Naik has been my college mate and during college elections also he didn't allowed me to win. However, now since he has reached Parliament, he should meet Rahul Gandhi and inform him about the various problems being faced by the city. Since NCP already have one Member of Parliament, it should leave both the assembly seats in Navi Mumbai to the Congress. NCP should be happy with one MP and let Congress have two Members of Legislative Assembly (MLA)," Congress corporator Dashrath Bhagat said. While corporators were busy promoting themselves, there were others to pull them down. Its not only councillors from NCP, but Shiv Sena corporator Vijay Mane also expressed gratitude towards Sanjeev Naik. "I wish to congratulate Naik for winning the elections and hope that he brings maximum central schemes and funds for the development of Navi Mumbai. At the same time, he addresses problem of people and corporators cutting across party lines." However, Rohini Bhoir, the other Shiv Ssena corporator displayed resentment for spending so much of general body's time only in felicitating Naik. "In our last meeting the general body spent two hours on discussing Naik's victory in general elections and today again four hours were spent on the same topic. General body is held to discuss public issues and such act neglects public issues, besides civic officials keeping aside all work to attend general body so this time should be utilised for some purpose," Bhoir added.
Nonetheless, it's not for the first time that the House has spent hours on flattering party seniors. In the special general body meeting held on June 9, the corporators spent over two hours pleasing Naik's victory. Meanwhile, all the public issues were neglected and the general body meeting ended after Naik's felicitation. When asked, Mayor Anjani Bhoir said, "Sanjeev Naik is our first mayor and was instrumental in implementing many projects during his tenure. Therefore, we decided to felicitate him. During the felicitation, the corporators also raised many problems and Naik assured to solve them."in command: MP Sanjeev Naik soaked in the praises for four hours of the general body meeting.
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Besides flattering Sanjeev Naik, corporators also claimed credit for backing the NCP Member of Parliament during his victory in the elections. "It's with Congress support that Naik has won the elections, therefore now post-elections he shouldn't forget the party (Congress) leaders. He should address our problems in the same way as he would do to the issues brought by his partymen," Congress corporator Dashrath Bhagat said.
Likewise, another Naik's college mate Avinash Lad appeased his comradeship and claimed that his victory was possible only because of Congress' help. "Congress workers worked very hard during elections keeping the party differences aside. Sanjeev Naik's victory is result of the collective efforts by Congress and NCP," Lad said. Similarly, another Congress councillor Santosh Shetty claimed that Naik's victory in general elections was result of collective efforts by Congress, Republican Party of India (RPI) and NCP.
"Sanjeev Naik has won because of public support. Fifty percent of people voted for candidate, but at the same time he received equivalent support from Congress and RPI as he was the only candidate of the alliance," Shetty said. Commenting on this, NCP corporator Anant Sutar said, "Everyone is busy claiming credit for Naik's victory. Nine months back when he lost the elections he alone took blame for it. At that moment we decided to avenge that defeat."

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