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Exodus from NCP con Naik, son, 50 corporators join BJP

Former Maharashtra minister and the NCP s Navi Mumbai strongman Ganesh Naik joined the BJP along with around 50 party corporators on Wednesday, adding to the growing list of opposition figures who have switched over to the ruling party ahead of the assembly polls. The latest setback for the 20-year-old party came at a time when its top leadership is in talks with the Congress to finalise seat-sharing for the 288-member assembly. Naik, his son - former MP Sanjeev - and the 50-odd corporators of the Navi Municipal Corporation (NMMC) formally joined the BJP in the presence of Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis and the partys Maharashtra unit chief Chandrakant Patil at Vashi in adjoining Navi Mumbai. The 68-year-old veteran leader s entry into the BJP now paves the way for the ruling party to control the NMMC. Speaking on the occasion, Naik praised Prime Minister Narendra Modi for his leadership. Modi ji has increased India s reputation in the world, he said. Naik said it was

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