narendra-patil-2Interviews of aspiring candidates from the NCP party were held in Thane recently. Sr. NCP leaders that including Thane Guardian Minister Ganesh Naik, Madan Bafna and Vasant Dhaukhare were present during the interview session. A day after the interviews, Mathadi leader Narendra Patil called for a workers meet in APMC to stake claim for Airoli seat. The other NCP aspirant to have given an interview for the same seat is Guardian Minister Ganesh Naik’s son Sandeep Naik. A look at these visuals of the NCP party taking interviews of the aspirant candidates in Thane speaks in itself the role that Thane Guardian Minister Ganesh Naik will play in deciding who gets the NCP candidature and from where. The Guardian Minister was present with other Sr. NCP leader Madan Bafna, Vasant Dhavkhare, MP Dr. Sanjeev Naik and others to conduct the interviews of the aspirants from NCP who want to contest elections from the 24 assembly seats in Thane. Speaking during the interview session, Thane Guardian Minister Ganesh Naik informed that there was a long list of candidates aspiring to contest election from a NCP ticket. He said that wherever NCP was ahead in numbers in municipal corporations, they’d stake claim and wherever Congress were ahead, there the Congress would stake claim. This arithmetic is enough for the Congress to stop claiming a ticket from either the Belapur or Airoli constituency as the NCP forms the ruling majority in NMMC. A day after the interviews were taken in Thane, Mathadi leader Narendra Patil called for a party workers meet in an attempt to show power and demand the candidature from Airoli. According to reports the only two NCP candidates who have appeared before NCP panel in Thane for an Airoli ticket were Narendra Patil and NMMC Standing Committee Chairman and Thane Guardian Minister Ganesh Naik’s son Sandeep Naik. The party has to decide the candidate between Narendra Patil and Sandeep Naik. During the mathadi workers meet in APMC, Narendra Patil agreed that Sandeep Naik has worked more than him but Ajit Dada Pawar had said that Mathadi workers should get a chance to represent atleast one seat in Navi Mumbai out of Belapur or Airoli. And that’s why the Mathadis want me to contest. When questioned what they will do, if the party does not give him a ticket, Narendra Patil said that the Mathadis have always stood by Sharad Pawar so its time their loyalty was rewarded. Narendra Patil also justified that they want Airoli because it has a large segment of Mathadi workers. However, no matter how much the journalists pursued, Narendra Patil refused to answer whether he would contest from another party’s ticket or as an independent candidate from Airoli if the NCP did not give him a candidature from Airoli, which is most likely to happen. With Jan Cabral, Sana Warsia for NMTV News.


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