Sunday, June 7, 2009


He went, he saw, he conquered – that’s the story of this young man who has conquered Thane – that is believed to be the Shiv Sena castle. While there are many factors that lead to the victory of NCP’s Dr. Sanjeev Naik in Thane constituency, there is no denying that Dr. Sanjeev Naik has achieved what many believed was unachievable. And credit for this first and foremost goes to Navi Mumbai’s first family – the Naik family’s work of continuously promoting secularism & brotherhood in Navi Mumbai. The work done by the Naik family headed by Ganesh Naik in presenting the secular & vibrant image of Navi Mumbai at all levels is incomparable. The results of these elections are a proof that voters across Thane constituency have acknowledged his work and have great respect & affection for the Naik family.

And the secular magic of Ganesh Naik has spread from Navi Mumbai to the entire Thane constituency. Besides this, Sharad Pawar’s road show and dal bal efforts with two sabhas in this constituency also hit the right chords with the voters.

This clubbed with the last Raj Thackeray rally in Thane turned the tables around for Dr. Sanjeev Naik. It may be recalled that Raj Thackeray’s last rally’s impact came as a bolt to Shiv Sena as the MNS Chief not only gave a powerful address in Thane but also brought the family of slain Vilas Jadhav on stage appealing the voters to do justice to the family by not voting for the Shiv Sena candidate. It is after this rally, that many believed that MNS candidate would do well and he did as Rajan Raje secured over 1 lac 35 thousand votes. And at the end of it all – the victory could definitely not have been possible for the credentials of the candidate himself. Dr. Sanjeev Naik’s experience and work record as the first Mayor of Navi Mumbai, his hard work, clean image and educational qualifications appealed massively to voters. May be that’s why in an interview with NMTV News itself, Dr. Sanjeev Naik had voiced confidence of a victory. The tradition of secularism & communal harmony is the hallmark of the Naik family & Dr. Sanjeev Naik makes one believe that it is being followed generation to generation. The results have proved that the support to the Naik family was never as heady and strong as it is now.

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