With the code of conduct coming into effect in ward no. 6 Digha, the NCP and Shiv Sena are all set to lock horns. The by poll has been necessitated after NCP corporator Sangita Yadav was disqualified on February 5 for producing fake caste certificate during last general election. The disqualification is a major set back for NCP that had already put up a poor show during the municipal polls, specifically in Airoli constituency. The elections uprooted the Sandeep Naik wave in Airoli and reinstated how Vijay Chougule’s reach is at grass root level in the Airoli constituency. Airoli MLA Sandeep Naik and NCP had aimed at winning 44 seats from the 59 wards in Airoli constituency but unfortunately their mission failed. Shiv Sena became the single largest party as the final results of Airoli came out.
- Shiv Sena 26
- NCP 24
- Congress 3
- BJP 2
- Independent 4
The biggest setbacks for Sandeep Naik team :
- M K Madhvi and Vinaya Madhvi quit NCP due to Sandeep Naik’s attitude
- Shivram Patil and Anita Patil joined Shiv Sena
- NCP’s lone strong face in Airoli Anant Sutar lost the polls
- Keshav Mhatre lost to Shivram Patil
- Sanjay Patil lost to another NCP rebel Prashant Patil while his mother and
- NCP rebel Kalamtai Patil won the polls.
The NMMC elections also gave reason to believe critics who said that Sandeep Naik won assembly elections because Modi wave diverted votes to a no entity like Vaibhav Naik, thereby snatching the victory from under Chougule’s nose. Since the municipal polls, Vijay Chougule as Opposition Leader has given more strength to the Shiv Sena in Navi Mumbai and is making Shiv Sena more powerful, especially in Airoli constituency. This has already rung an alarm bell for Airoli MLA Sandeep Naik. With talks that a very close confidante of Vijay Chougule will be put as candidate from ward no. 6, the going will get tough for NCP. In addition to this, the Chagan Bhujbal arrest has put NCP in bad limelight. With all this in the background, ward no. 6 is going to be the battle of supremacy between Sandeep Naik versus Vijay Chougule and the win will set the course of how political powers will shape in Airoli constituency in days to come. Zeba Warsia – NMTV News.