Navi Mumbai District Shiv Sena Chief Vijay Chougule broke his silence post the results for the first time addressing a rally of party workers in Airoli. And if one would have thought that the defeat in the recent elections will bow him down, should think again because Vijay Chougule made his first public appearance post the results in his trademark forceful and aggressive style. Navi Mumbai District Shiv Sena Chief Vijay Chougule broke his silence post the results for the first time addressing a rally of party workers in Airoli. Anyone who thought that the defeat in the assembly elections would have had any effect on Vijay Chougule should think again because Vijay Chougule made his first public appearance post the results in his trademark forceful and aggressive style. Addressing the thousands of Sainiks who had gathered at the venue, Vijay Chougule explained that the reason for his resignation was only that he took moral responsibility of the defeat of Shiv Sena in Airoli constituency. Vijay Chougule challenged his detractors and said that he had not lost but won the elections as he got more votes in Airoli than Thane Guardian Minister Ganesh Naik got in Belapur, which proved that there were more voters in Navi Mumbai with Vijay Chougule than with Ganesh Naik. He went on to justify his claim of actually winning at ground level by giving comparative statistics of votes garnered by the Shiv Sena and NCP in the Airoli constituency in the Lok Sabha and Assembly Elections. And explained how he Shiv Sena had won Airoli with nearly a thousand votes against the NCP. He alleged the NCP of winning with help of money power and votes. He said that he lost the elections only because his own Shiv Sainiks had let him down. He challenged the Shiv Sainiks who had worked hand in gloves with NCP that in NMMC elections he will ensure that these Shiv Sainiks stay at home. He paid gratitude to the grass root workers who worked for him with his heart. He also voiced confidence of the Sena BJP coming to power in NMMC in the next elections. From Airoli, Arvind Mane for NMTV News.
September 1, 2006