Even before voters can vote and a verdict is awaited on the 88 wards of NMMC, the results of the remaining one ward has come as a shock for the opposition and major boost for the ruling NCP. Sagar Naik – the NCP candidate from ward no. 38 is all set to be elected unopposed. The NCP has opened its account in NMMC already and this development has left the opposition Congress and NCP sweating. NCP candidate from ward no. 38 Sagar Naik – who is Thane Guardian Minister Ganesh Naik’s nephew is all set to be elected unopposed. Sagar Naik will be elected unopposed after Shiv Sena Hamid Fakki and Congress candidate Ravish Patel respectively withdrew their nominations. Besides the Sena and Congress candidates, independent contestant Parvez Patel retreated from the polls as well. According to sources, all the candidates withdrew their nominations as voted for progress of the ward instead and agreed that with the NCP having their MP Dr. Sanjeev Naik at the center and a cabinet Minister Ganesh Naik in the state along with MLA Sandeep Naik, the only way to get redevelopment projects sanctioned and ensure that development continued through center and state funds like JNNURM is that NCP comes to form the ruling at NMMC. This is the reason candidates sighted for withdrawing their nominations. MP Dr. Sanjeev Naik shared the same in an event at Nerul. While the news of Sagar Naik going to be elected unopposed spread like wildfire creating waves in political circles in the city, the development has become a major embarrassment for the Shiv Sena-BJP and Congress party ahead of the polls. While the Congress could field only 84 candidates in the 89 wards, the number has further reduced by 1 making their candidates only 83. While the opposition is trying to overcome from the shock of the development, the for candidates contesting from the NCP, the news has given a major boost to the party spirit ahead of NMMC Elections 2010. With bureau inputs, Sana Warsia for NMTV News.
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