As part of its preparation for the crucial local bodies� elections in Maharashtra, NCP convened a ‘Panchayat Raj Parishad’, to deliberate on its political strategy to strengthen the organization. Union Agriculture Minister Sharad Pawar participated in the day long meeting that brought the who�s who of NCP to Navi Mumbai. This included Dy. Chief Minister Ajit Pawar, Home Minister R R Patil, Excise Minister Ganesh Naik, PWD Minister Chagan Bhujbal, Rural Development Minister Jayant Patil, Water Resources Minister Sunil Tatkare, NCP State President Madhukar Pichad and other NCP heavyweights. About 2,000 delegates attended the day long conclave held at the Navi Mumbai Sports Association in Vashi. The conclave was being seen as a medium to for Sharad Pawar to review the party’s organisational strengths and weaknesses with party colleagues. The Zillah Parishad and Panchayat Samiti elections are going to be held in the state in 2012. These elections are very crucial for any political party as it speaks of their strength at the grass root level in the state. Rural Development Minister Jayant Patil headed Ministry has floated the �Eco Friendly Village� scheme. This was the main focus of the conclave. Addressing the media persons after the conclave, a relaxed Union Agriculture Minister Sharad Pawar spoke of the benefits of Panchayat Raj and said that it helped in detecting new leaders. He also stressed on how Muslims should get a representation in Panchayat Samitis. Many wondered why Navi Mumbai was chosen as the venue for the NCP Panchayat Raj Parishad. Its because Thane Guardian Minister Ganesh Naik�s leadership has made NCP the absolute ruling party in the city. To set him as am example for other leaders to follow, the conclave was held in Navi Mumbai, said Sharad Pawar. With cameraperson Vinayak Dalvi, Monika Bhosale and Sana Warsia for NMTV News.
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