In 2012 and 2017, Kandhal Jadeja won the election from Porbandar’s Kutiyana seat on a Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) ticket, but this time, in the Congress-NCP alliance, the seat has gone to the Congress and not the NCP. Kandhal Jadeja had resigned from the NCP after not getting the ticket.
Kutiana (Gujarat). Sitting MLA Kandhal Jadeja has appealed to the people to re-elect him, saying the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) seeks votes in the name of Narendra Modi but “will you call the Prime Minister on the issues of your village”. He asked them to be elected to work at the local level so that they (voters) do not have to depend on Delhi. It is a common discussion among people in Gujarat that who will form the next government in Gujarat, but it is also a matter of discussion whether ‘Bhai’ (Jadeja) will be able to retain his political dominance in this rural constituency. Jadeja is often referred to as ‘Bhai’. Jadeja is the son of Santokben Jadeja. A film ‘Godmother’ was also made on Santokben’s life. Kandhal Jadeja is accused in several serious criminal cases but he claims that these cases are related to the past and people vote for him because of his reach and work. When asked about the allegation of intimidation against him, Jadeja pointed to the crowd of people around him and said that it was not a ‘unit of strength’ but a ‘unit of unity’.
He said major parties oppose him because he “lives” in the hearts of the people. There are some across the constituency who admire him for his willingness to help and push forward development works, but many also acknowledge that he does not take any opposition lightly. Kutiyana is a part of the Porbandar district of Gujarat. Porbandar is the birth place of Mahatma Gandhi. It is alleged that Jadeja’s parents used to run a criminal gang, but later the gang was weakened by police action against the gang. Porbandar, however, is a separate assembly constituency in the district. His father Sarman Munja Jadeja was shot dead by rivals. His mother was elected MLA from Kutiyana in 1990.
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In 2012 and 2017, Kandhal Jadeja won the election from Porbandar’s Kutiyana seat on a Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) ticket, but this time, in the Congress-NCP alliance, the seat has gone to the Congress and not the NCP. Kandhal Jadeja had resigned from the NCP after not getting the ticket. Locals say that ‘Kandhal Bhai’ believes in working and is not much concerned with the modus operandi. Kandhal Jadeja says “I do a little work here and there. If there is work then there is name.” He says that is why he does not join big parties like BJP or Congress. He said, “In big parties you have to follow the rules. But I don’t believe in following rules but in getting my work done.” Many local Congress workers are supporting him so that Jadeja’s victory can reduce one seat of BJP. Jadeja wants to distance himself from the BJP vs Congress fight. He said, “My focus is only on the ‘development’ of my constituency. I don’t care what is happening elsewhere.