MAYOR SA­GAR NAIK LIKELY TO CON­TEST CIVIC POLL THIS YEAR

Hindustan Times ST (Mumbai) - HT Navi Mumbai Live - - NAVIMUMBAI - G Mo­hi­ud­din Jeddy ht­for­nav­i­mum­[email protected]­dus­tan­times.com

VASHI: It now seems that a mem­ber of the Naik fam­ily will con­test the up­com­ing civic elec­tions. For­mer min­is­ter Ganesh Naik has stated that only his core fam­ily mem­bers will not con­test, paving the way for mayor Sa­gar Naik, his nephew, to en­ter the fray once again.

Ganesh Naik said, “Since Sanjeev has been an MP, he will nat­u­rally not be in­ter­ested in con­test­ing a civic poll, while San­deep is an MLA. Their mother has never been in­ter­ested in pol­i­tics.”

“This de­ci­sion not to con­test is for my core fam­ily mem­bers. My brother Dnyanesh­war Naik and his son Sa­gar as well as my other rel­a­tives are free to take their de­ci­sion. While I would have wanted them not to en­ter the fray, I can­not force them in a democ­racy,” said Ganesh Naik.

Ganesh Naik’s dec­la­ra­tion now paves the way for Sa­gar Naik to once again con­test the civic polls. He could be fielded from the Khairne-Bonkode ward from where had been elected un­op­posed the last time.

Mean­while, there are re­ports of the Na­tion­al­ist Congress Party (NCP) plan­ning to field Naik’s late brother Tukaram Naik’s daugh­ter against the wife of her brother Vaib­hav Naik, who had ear­lier parted ways with Ganesh Naik.

SA­GAR NAIK COULD BE FIELDED FROM THE KHAIRNE-BONKODE WARD FROM WHERE HAD BEEN ELECTED UN­OP­POSED LAST TIME

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