Kandhal Jadeja, the Samajwadi Party (SP) candidate from the Kutiyana seat in Porbandar district and son of the late mafia don Santokben Sarmanbhai Jadeja, said that his candidacy was sufficient to win the Gujarat Assembly elections.
Jadeja, who recently quit the Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) after the party denied him the ticket and hopped on the bicycle of the Samajwadi Party, stated that the NCP was “finished in Gujarat.” The 1999 film “Godmother,” starring Shabana Azmi, is based on the life of Santokben Sarmanbhai Jadeja.
The ‘Lady Don’ was an MLA from Porbandar’s Kutiana seat from 1990 to 1995. According to police records, she had more than 500 criminal cases filed against her in addition to the 14 murders of her husband, Sarman Munja Jadeja.
After Santokben, her son Kandhal Jadeja is carrying forward his mother’s political legacy. It doesn’t matter to Kandhal Jadeja whether he is fighting as part of a political party or as an independent, because according to him, he will win because people will vote for his work.
Jadeja first won from Kutiyana in 2012 as an NCP candidate, when the party had a poll alliance with the Congress. He won again in 2017 on the NCP ticket. This time, there is no alliance between the NCP and the Congress.