congressLooks like the Congress party is serious about working to make their alliance candidate Dr. Sanjeev Naik victorious this time. NMTV News spoke to senior congressmen in the city to find out how they are working to make this happen. They did not work for the last by-polls but this time the Congress wants to wash off the stains of not working for their candidate or so it seems. Speaking to NMTV News, Navi Mumbai Congress Chief Namdeo Bhagat accepted that there were setbacks last year but voiced confidence of being prepared this time. Even Congress Corporator Santosh Shetty voiced confidence of a good performance this time. On the other hand, Congress’s NMMC Opposition Leader Ramakant Mhatre defended the Congress party’s role in the last by-polls and said that they had worked last year also and the lead the candidate got in Navi Mumbai last year was proof of this. But since the lead did not translate into victory, the Congressmen look keen to work harder this time. Namdeo Bhagat, Ramakant Mhatre and Santosh Shetty appealed to the masses to vote for their candidate Dr. Sanjeev Naik not for the candidate alone but for the UPA. Speaking on the numbers, Navi Mumbai Congress Chief Namdeo Bhagat and Congress Corporator Santosh Shetty said that they were working on getting a 50000 to 70000 votes lead in Navi Mumbai. On the other hand Ramakant Mhatre said that they would ensure that the Ganesh Naik magic of 2004 election will repeat as their candidate will get a thumping lead in Navi Mumbai. All said and done, the test of the Congress in Navi Mumbai has begun. With cameraperson Vinayak Dalvi, Sudhir Sharma for NMTV News.

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