In the land of Gandhi, 'bhai' seeks to maintain his political dominance

Updated: Nov 25 2022 6:02PM

In the land of Gandhi, 'bhai' seeks to maintain his political dominance

Kutiyana (Gujarat), Nov 25 (PTI) The BJP seeks votes in the name of Narendra Modi but "will you call up the prime minister over issues in your village", asks incumbent MLA Kandhal Jadeja as a small crowd cheers the strongman politician's pitch to re-elect him to get things done locally and not depend on Delhi.

As the highway winds down to India's border on the western coast, the buzz about who will form the next government in Gujarat gives way to whether the political dominance of 'bhai', as Jadeja is often referred to, will continue in this largely rural assembly segment.

Son of Santokben Jadeja whose criminal enterprise had spawned the Hindi film 'Godmother', he himself is an accused in numerous serious criminal cases but claims that they belong to the past and that people vote for him due to his accessibility and work.