Maharashtrians are not only who speak Marathi: NCP candidate Sanjay Dina Patil on Issue Kya Hai

In an exclusive conversation with Mumbai Live, Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) candidate Sanjay Dina Patil contesting 2019 Lok Sabha poll from Mumbai North-East talks about the lack of medical help in his constituency


Sanjay Dina Patil has been named by Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) to contest the 2019 Lok Sabha election from Mumbai North-East constituency. Patil, NCP’s lone candidate from Mumbai, is contesting against Bharatiya Janata Party’s (BJP) Manoj Kotak. In an exclusive interview with Mumbai Live, Sanjay Dina Patil talks about the problems in his constituency and the difference he wants to make to our living, every day.

Problems of Dumping Ground 

"There are many issues... despite Roti, Kapda, aur Makaan – we have a major problem of the dumping ground which has been closed in Mulund. The proper treatment for the same has not been carried out. Due to this, toxic waste and fumes are still affecting the health of the people. The dumping ground has been moved to Kanjurmarg and procedures regarding the same are not being followed, which is creating huge problems for the people living in Bhandup and Vikhroli,” informed Sanjay Dina Patil when asked Issue Kya Hai.

"Furthermore, there is a huge amount of garbage in areas such as Govandi and Shivaji Nagar. People living in Ghatkopar - and in areas including Ramabai Nagar, Kamaraj Nagar - are also facing problems due to the dumping of solid and bio-medical waste of the whole city. Due to this, people have become drug-resistant and are suffering from multi-organ failures as well as lung diseases. The life span of the people has also reduced because of the same.”

Patil informed that the dumping grounds are spread through all of the North-East constituency in Mumbai. Talking about the permanent solution for the same, Patil said, “...the waste is inevitable and we can’t process our waste in any other city. The funds provided to Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) should be utilised to bring in new technology to dispose of the garbage and proper procedure should be followed.”

Lack of Medical Help

Talking about the lack of hospitals and medical help in the areas under Mumbai’s North-East constituency, Patil informed, “Mulund’s general hospital is under construction for three years. A hospital in Bhandup is also closed. From Mulund to Shivaji Nagar, people have to visit Rajawadi Hospital in Ghatkopar. However, the condition of the Rajawadi hospital is so bad that a healthy person can also get sick."

The MNS role

With Maharashtra Navnirman Sena (MNS) not contesting Lok Sabha polls and Raj Thackeray campaigning against BJP and Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Sanjay Dina Patil has a huge MNS support. Patil talks about the role of Raj Thackeray in 2014 and 2019 national elections. 

"During the 2014 general elections, Raj Thackeray was influenced by the Gujarat model and the charisma of Modiji. However, in the last five year, Raj Thackeray has realised the wrongs which are happening in the country. Now, our directions are the same. With Raj Thackeray supporting, it will definitely help me.”

When asked if he agrees with Raj Thackeray’s statement that Mumbai is only for Maharashtrians or Marathi-speaking people, Sanjay Dina Patil replied, “Raj Thackeray advocates for the employment of local people. Maharashtrian doesn’t mean those who only speak Marathi but those who are born and brought in the state.”

BJP leader Kirit Somaiya has been denied ticket to contest the 2019 LS polls and the party has fielded Manoj Kotak from Mumbai North-East constituency against Patil. Reacting to this, the NCP candidate said, “I am a little sad that he (Kirit Somaiya) is not contesting elections this year. He has been a two time MP and had started campaigning also.” Referring to Manoj Kotak, Patil further said, “Baccho ke sath ladne ka thoda maza nahi ata hai na.

Sanjay Dina Patil is contesting from NCP against BJP candidate Manoj Kotak. Witha huge amount of MNS support in his constituency, Patil has high chances of performing well in the 2019 Lok Sabha poll which is scheduled in Mumbai on April 29. With MNS' support, Patil can gather huge amount of Marathi votes. 

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