Maharashtra Assembly elections 2019: Senior NCP leader Ganesh Naik likely to join BJP
The Sharad Pawar-led Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) suffered a major setback, with senior party leader and former minister Ganesh Naik is coming to join the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) ahead of the Maharashtra assembly elections scheduled for later this year. According to the news, Naik may join the BJP earlier this week. BJP’s chief spokesperson in Maharashtra, Madhav Bhandari has also confirmed the report.
Bhandari informed that several other leaders from the opposition parties are also slated to join the BJP. He said that BJP is the party where the leaders can visualise their future. “Not only Ganesh Naik but several other leaders are in touch with us. They will be joining the BJP in the near future. Everyone knows that BJP is the party where every politician can see his future, so they are switching over to the BJP”.
According to the report, Naik, along with 50 cooperators of Navi Mumbai Municipal Corporation (NMMC), will join the BJP on September 11, 2019, (Wednesday) in the presence of Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis.
The speculation about Naik’s joining the saffron party comes to the light when his son Sandeep Naik joined the BJP this year. Sandeep Naik joined the BJP on July 31, 2019. Naik, an NCP MLA had resigned along with Vaibhav Pichad, Shivendra Raje Bhosale and NCP Mumbai chief Sachin Ahir. After leaving the party, Ahir had joined the Shiv Sena. At least 20 political leaders from the opposition have quit their party to join the Shiv Sena and the BJP recently.
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On Sunday, Uttar Pradesh’s Deputy Chief Minister Keshav Prasad Maurya had said that the BJP will win a grand victory in the assembly elections. He added that people of the state understand the reality that Prime Minister Narendra Modi and state Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis “need each other” for the development of the state.