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Navi Mumbai civic elections on April 11

mumbai Updated: Feb 26, 2010 01:50 IST
G Mohiuddin Jeddy

The Navi Mumbai Municipal Corporation has announced that its elections will be held on April 11.

This could be the last chance for opponents of Navi Mumbai strongman, Ganesh Naik.

These are the first major elections in Maharashtra after the assembly elections and will be a litmus test for Naik and the ruling Nationalist Congress Party (NCP).

The NCP is likely to be pitted against its ally, the Congress, whom the Shiv Sena and Bharatiya Janata Party plan to woo.

Naik is confident of sweeping the elections. “The NCP will win at least 70 of the 89 seats,” Naik, the state excise minister, said. The civic elections will, for the first time, witness a formal alliance between the Sena and the BJP in Navi Mumbai.

The divided city unit of the Congress claims it is united to face the polls.