Credited with crowning its first municipal council president, first mayor in the Mira-Bhayandar Municipal Corporation and its first legislator from the twin cities, the local NCP unit of Mira-Bhyandar can now be described as a sinking ship as party’s leaders and workers continue leaving it, ahead of the civic polls.
It was huge setback for the NCP after former legislator and local NCP strongman Gilbert Mendonca jumped into the Shiv Sena bandwagon along with his supporters and municipal corporators last month. With hope to form an alliance with the Congress and like-minded secular parties, the destroyed NCP is now dependent on the leadership of former MP Sanjeev Naik.
However, the Mira Bhayandar Congress unit which was earlier eager to tie up with the NCP is now looking for other options. Congress district president Anil Sawant commenting on this situation said, “Moving ahead with the sole agenda of development, our party is getting stronger. Moreover, the recent induction of a large section of NCP followers has further enhanced our winning prospects. Now, who is there in the NCP? One of the biggest failures for the NCP has also been its inability to create a space for itself among the young voters.”