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‘People trust us’

NCP leader Ganesh Naik tells G. Mohiuddin Jeddy that the people of Navi Mumbai will vote for development.

mumbai Updated: Apr 09, 2010 01:18 IST

NCP leader Ganesh Naik tells G. Mohiuddin Jeddy that the people of Navi Mumbai will vote for development.

Are you confident of winning the civic elections?
The people of Navi Mumbai have seen the development in the city — 24-hour water supply at nominal rates when there are cuts in the neighbouring cities, the roads, sewage treatment plants. People appreciate good work and they will do so now as well.

You are being accused of building your political empire by promoting your family?
How can I stop my sons from contesting elections? This is a democracy. Finally, it is for people to decide and give their verdict. Take a look at the list of candidates and you will see how many family members local Opposition leaders have in their list for these polls.

Why did the Congress-NCP alliance not work in Navi Mumbai?
Congress leaders right from Pandit Jawaharlal Nehru to Sonia Gandhi have strong secular credentials. Even the Thane Congressmen are fine but unfortunately the Congressmen in Navi Mumbai are not known for their ideologies. A BJP leader is on record talking about a tacit understanding with the Congress. That proves what local leaders are up to.

Senior leaders including Ashok Chavan and Uddhav Thackeray have campaigned against you and spoken of lack of development.
Those who talk of development in Navi Mumbai should first look in their own backyard. Mumbai and Thane are facing water cuts. First let them provide this basic necessity and then talk about Navi Mumbai, which has water not just for itself but also for others.

What are your plans for Navi Mumbai?
I am committed to the Government Regulation granting 2.5 floor space index for redevelopment of dilapidated buildings. An independent power generation plant is also on the anvil. Twenty-four-hour water supply, which has already begun in some parts, will be soon a reality all over the city. I will ensure that taxes here are not raised for another 15 years. There are plans to build hospitals, bridges and free education up to graduation.