It could not have been more embarrassing for Shiv Sena, BJP and Congress in the run upto by polls in Yadav Nagar, Airoli. All three major political parties failed to get an official candidate for the by polls and have to make do with an independent candidate Indumati Pal. The content is between Pal and NCP’s official candidate Sandhya Yadav. The decision of the three parties to support an independent is definitely not good news for their prospects in the ward because of many reasons. One, despite being at their best, the BJP that is in power in the Center and State, could not find a candidate from their team of party workers. Shiv Sena, despite ruling ally in state and ruling TMC and BMC, also could not find a candidate. Not to forget, that Eknath Shinde’s growing clout as Thane Guardian Minister also failed to give a an official party candidate. The Congress meanwhile is being blamed for double standards. Navi Mumbai District President Dashrath Bhagat, according to sources, had consented to join hands with NCP to form the house in NMMC after municipal polls, as he wanted one of his family members elected to the house, to don the role of Dy. Mayor in the second term. His credibility is being questioned with his decision to join Shiv Sena and BJP in these by polls. NCP sources however say that they are used to backstabbing by the Congress. It may be recalled that Indumati Pal has contested NMMC polls last year on a Congress ticket but this time she was not keen on being the official candidate of the party because of the poor hold of Congress in the ward. As Shiv Sena, BJP and Congress in Navi Mumbai risk it all, the battle for Yadav Nagar, the contest will be a litmus test for all parties versus NCP power in Navi Mumbai.