Looks like Vasant Dhavkhare finally got the blessings of Thane Guardian Minister Ganesh Naik as the leader filed his nominations for the elections of the legislative council elections. This was a battle for political survival of Vasant Dhavkhare – NCP leader and former Dy. Speaker of the Legislative Council. With his three terms of MLC coming to an end, reliable sources within the NCP informed that it would not be an easy run for Vasant Dhavkhare to run for the legislative council elections for the fourth time. The chances of Vasant Dhavkhare getting the party nomination this time had become so dicey that Vasant Dhavkahre was left with no option but to resource his influences to get support from Thane Guardian Minister Ganesh Naik. With the results that Ganesh Naik got for the NCP in Thane District in the parliamentary and assembly polls and then in the NMMC Elections, he has become a power center in the district and shares a very close equation with Sharad Pawar. In front of him all other NCP leader’s powers have diminished. To put it simply, Vasant Dhaukare needed Ganesh Naik’s “No Objection Certificate” to become a MLC for a fourth consecutive term. For this, according to sources, he even got NCP leader Padamsinh Patil in his support and the duo met Thane Guardian Minister Ganesh Naik at Mahape situated MPCB’s Nirmal Bhavan. The visit was to get Ganesh Naik’s support for Vasant Dhavkhare candidature. Looks like all the efforts pooled by Vasant Dhavkhare paid off and he convinced Ganesh Naik to give his candidature a NOC as Vasant Dhaukare filed his nominations at the Thane Collector Office as the Congress-NCP-RPI candidate for the MLC elections. He filed his nominations in the presence of Thane Guardian Minister Ganesh Naik and MLA Sandeep Naik along with Thane leaders Subhash Bhoir, Devram Bhoir, Kisaan Kathore and Kapil Patil. Post the nomination filing, Thane Guardian Minister Ganesh Naik spoke to the media and expressed confidence in the victory of their candidate. The candidate Vasant Dhavkhare too supported the views of his leader and expressed confidence in his victory. For a man who was known to have no enemies, Vasant Dhaukare faces the biggest challenge of his political career in the MLC elections this time round. However, since Vasant Dhavkhare managed to get Ganesh Krupa on him, he might just sneak through the storm that threatens his political survival. Bureau report – NMTV News.
November 24, 2008
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