ganesh-naik-1-A leader whose secular identity precedes him, it didn’t come as a surprise that more than 50 denominations of the Christian community came together to form the United Christians Forum of Navi Mumbai and pledged their support to NCP candidates from Belapur and Airoli Ganesh Naik and Sandeep Naik. When it comes to communal harmony, peace, progress and security, Navi Mumbai has definitely set an ideal example for the country to see. And every time these qualities of Navi Mumbai are spoken of, one name that is given credited for establishing a secular image of Navi Mumbai; it’s Ganesh Naik. Perhaps that why, every election – communities across Navi Mumbai stand up to give unconditional support to Ganesh Naik – be it Hindus, Muslims, Sikhs, Jain or the Christians. So did the Christian community in Navi Mumbai. For the first time ever, fathers and pastors representing over 50 denominations and churches of Navi Mumbai came together to form the “United Christian Forum” of Navi Mumbai. Father and pastors of these churches gathered at NMSA and invited Congress-NCP candidates from Belapur and Airoli Ganesh Naik and Sandeep Naik to pay gratitude for the support that Ganesh Naik has given to the Christian community for decades and to pledge the support of the community to the father – son duo in these elections. In an atmosphere completed charged with the love and blessings that the Christian community is known for, the fathers and pastors prayed for both Ganesh Naik and Sandeep Naik ahead of assembly elections. The community members also informed Ganesh Naik about the biggest problem that the entire community faces and that is land for burial ground and cemetery. When the community appealed Congress-NCP Airoli candidate Sandeep Naik to address them, a somber Sandeep Naik thanked the fathers and pastors to voluntarily come forward to organize the meeting and pledge their support for both of them. Ganesh Naik too thanked the community for the voluntary support given by them to both the NCP candidates. Speaking to NMTV News after the meeting, Ganesh Naik said that perhaps it was a silent provocation from Jesus Christ himself that fathers and pastors came together to pledge their support for the NCP candidates. He further assured of solving the issue of the burial ground and cemetery for not just the Christian community but all the other communities facing their problem as well. Pator V J Johnson, a member of the United Christian Forum informed us that the meeting was called to show the unity of Christians in Navi Mumbai. He said that since Ganesh Naik has supported the Christian community for decades, they wanted to pay their gratitude to him ahead of elections. Father Johnson and the coordinator of the forum Brian D’Souza informed us that they had brought to the attention of Ganesh Naik, their biggest issue of burial grounds. Brian D’Souza added that the community feels that no one can understand their problems better than Ganesh Naik and his son. He added that it was the credit of Ganesh Naik’s practice and belief in the religion of humanity that like other communities in Navi Mumbai, even the Christian community lived in peace in Navi Mumbai. With cameraperson Abhay Prasad, Zeba Warsia for NMTV News.

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