The 32-year-old leader said that he has worked for the the people and hence earned the ticket. "I could have contested from Kankavli in 2009 (assembly polls) but I needed more time and worked through my organisation 'Swabhiman' for creating jobs for youth.
My father gave ticket to Ravindra Phatak (in 2009)," he said. Nitesh said he is a primary member of the Congress. He said that candidate's connect with voters is very important and that is what he was trying to do. It is a wrong perception that Narayan Rane was depending more on his sons as his aides have deserted him, he said.
"Ravindra Phatak was given ticket in 2009 from Kankavli while Rajan Teli was made MLA. They were given their dues. However, to cover up their own insecurities, my father's aides created tensions between my family and local leaders.
"It is because of my father that Deepak Kesarkar became Sawantwadi Municipal Council President. It is good that all the former aides have either joined Sena or BJP," he said. He said the Kankavli assembly segment comprises Kankavli Deogad and Vaiabhavwadi talukas and he has prepared a vision document for all three areas to upgrade infrastructure, electricity, water, education facilities and employment generation. Nitesh said he is confident that the youth which had gone to the Sena and BJP in the Lok Sabha polls will support him.
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