Thane, Apr 15 UNI | 4 months ago

Sena leadership has made several attempts in a bid to snatch away the Thane Lok Sabha seat from the NCP and bring it back to the Shiv Sena fold, including bringing in the former bureaucrat Vijay Nahata.

As a former Municipal Commissioner of the Navi Mumbai Municipal Corporation (NMMC) for about three years, and having been the Divisional Commissioner for Konkan operating from Navi Mumbai, Nahata was brought in as he is also well-versed in the manner in which the Naik family -- led by Maharashtra Minister Ganesh Naik -- functions.

Ganesh Naik's son Sanjeev Naik, the present MP, is facing Shiv Sena MLA and former mayor Rajan Vichare in the Thane LS constituency and the Sena seem determined to put an end to Naik's 'rule', as Nahata made sure to open up a can of worms, listing each and every misdeed committed by the Naiks in Navi Mumbai and Thane.

In a press conference held last evening, an irritated Nahata declared, "Naik's family has almost purchased the District in general and Navi Mumbai in particular."

Stating that they were taking the credit for the works done by the civic body in Navi Mumbai, he said, 'they had not undertaken a single programme of importance to the citizens and the city, and after inauguration of mega projects like the STP, have never visited them again to see if they are functioning or not.'

When Sena candidate Rajan Vichare leveled several charges against Naik and said they had failed to bifurcate the district, he had a support from Nahata who had as the Divisional Commissioner submitted a report on bifurcation of the district to the state government, he said.

'The report is now in cold storage as it is felt that bifurcation of the district means giving importance to the Congress. "I know what an election is and have conducted several elections and have been observer for several elections but the manner in which the election machinery is acting in Thane is in total favour of the ruling party," Nahata declared.

"Not that we are helpless, we will suitably deal with the situation," he warned at the end of his conference.

(Posted on 15-04-2014)