The NCP led by former Thane Guardian Minister Ganesh Naik never looked so politically lost as it does today. Blame it on the embarrassing defeat of NCP candidate Sanjeev Naik in Lok Sabha polls topped with the defeat of Ganesh Naik by arch rival Manda Mhatre in assembly elections; that NCP corporators are reportedly running for a saffron cover to win NMMC Elections due early next year. These aren’t mere speculations anymore. NCP corporators are saying it loud and clear; they want to defect to BJP and want their leader Ganesh Naik to do it first. The main reasons are the failures of the NCP party to fulfill their electoral promises made during previous elections, including the NMMC Elections of 2010.
These failures include :
- 2.5 FSI
- 24 hours water supply from Morbe Dam
- 30, 000 liters for Rs. 50
- Hawkers’ policy
- Hoarding policy
- Garbage collection and disposal
- 10% reservation for the poor at NMMC Fortis Hospital
These are only a few of the many failures of NCP in NMMC in the last 5 years. With elections due in a few months, corporators of NCP are aware that there is disappointment and anger in voters that came out in both Lok Sabha and assembly elections. These NCP corporators, most of them being senior, believe that defecting in BJP is their only chance to win again. And so they are reportedly mounting pressure on their leader Ganesh Naik to quit NCP and join BJP. They made these confessions to their party leaders in a party workers meet held at Vishnudas Bhave Auditorium. Speaking to the media after the meet, NCP corporator Kishore Patkar said that NCP is over in Navi Mumbai.NCP corporators went to the extent of blaming the NCP party’s senior leaders for Ganesh Naik’s embarrassing defeat in assembly elections. Senior corporators of the party said that going by the voting trend in the city, they want Ganesh Naik to join BJP.
NCP corporator Vaibhav Gaikwad said that it was because of NCP that Ganesh Naik’s image has tarnished in Navi Mumbai.
For a while now, Shiv Sena and BJP leaders of Navi Mumbai have been openly speaking about NCP corporators contacting them with the appeal to rebel from NCP and join the saffron parties. The meet at Vishnudas Bhave Auditorium has exposed the NCP corporators who might be on list of these corporators who want to defect from NCP. However, it is unfortunate that NCP corporators think that after failing to keep their electoral promises to tax paying citizens, defecting to BJP to cash on the Modi wave will help them win corporator elections again. For the first time in recent years, the NCP looks like the weakest party of Navi Mumbai, not only for its failures but also for having corporators who have no moral values, integrity or ethics !