||This article may be unbalanced towards certain viewpoints. (May 2009)|
|Sanjeev Ganesh Naik|
|Sanjeev Naik during 2009 campaign|
|Member of the India Parliament
June 3, 2009 – May 16, 2014
|Preceded by||Anand Paranjape|
|Succeeded by||Rajan Vichare|
15 April 1972 |
Navi Mumbai, Maharashtra, India
|Political party||Nationalist Congress Party (NCP)|
|Residence||Navi Mumbai, Maharashtra, India|
Sanjeev Ganesh Naik (born April 15, 1972) is an Indian politician, who became the first mayor of the satellite city of Navi Mumbai at the age of 23. He is the Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) Member of the 15th Lok Sabha from Thane (Lok Sabha constituency) in Maharashtra state, elected in the Indian general election, 2009, and is the son of guardian minister for Thane and NCP member Ganesh Naik.
Naik's educational background has been a matter of some mystery and considerable controversy. According to an affidavit submitted to the Election Commission at the time of the 2014 Lok Sabha Election, he has a 12th pass from the Marahashtra board in Pune, received in 1995.
According to his official website as of 2009, Naik has a Diploma in Dairy Development and Management, and an Advanced Diploma in Computer Hardware and Networks.
During his 2009 campaign, the title "Dr." was used by Naik in his campaign literature. This referred to a degree awarded by a group in the United States called the "International Tamil University", a private distance-learning organisation which is not accredited to award degrees in the US, but which claims affiliation with established universities in India. During the election, Naik's campaign referred to him as the recipient of a doctorate (D Litt), but in his affidavit to the Election Commission of India, he declared that he had only studied up to the Higher Secondary (School) Certificate (HSC), a school qualification which is below university level. Naik himself claimed to have received the degree for "social commitment", and not as an educational qualification. In April 2009, a petition was filed in Bombay High Court to prevent him from using the title "Dr" in his campaign material.
During his time in office, Naik help lead the establishment of the Navi Mumbai Municipal Transport initiative and initiated the funding of the Morbe dam project.[unreliable source?] During his third term as mayor, the Navi Mumbai Municipal Corporation was awarded First Prize in the first Sant Gadge Baba Cleanliness Drive, a state-level corporation contest.
Naik won the MP seat for Thane constituency in the 2009 Lok Sabha Election.
Naik and his volunteers have been known to indulge in vast PR and Internet campaigns. One such attempt has been edited out by Wikipedia, which attempted to portray the politician in a positive light.
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