In land of cars, splurging is trend and caste is key
The way the newly rich are splurging, however, many say all the money will be gone one day, with Sanand still lacking basic infrastructure and a model for sustainable growth.
Yet it is caste equations that parties are striving to get right in Sanand, a new constituency carved out of parts of former minister Amit Shah’s Sarkhej seat and areas of Ahmedabad district. The Congress has nominated a candidate from the dominant Koli Patel community.
The BJP has fielded a Rajput, a community with little sway here. At an open meeting on Monday evening, the presence of leaders from the Thakore, Patel and Rathod communities marked an effort maintain the caste balance. Hukumdeo Yadav, MP from Bihar, who called Sonia Gandhi a “kulakshini bahu” at the meeting, never mentioned development.
Whether there has been development at all is, in fact, a question that divides residents. Habib Khan, 51, Sanand taluka vice-president in the BJP’s minority cell, has three Tata cars, a Nissan, an open jeep and several motorbikes parked in his backyard. Khan is sarpanch of Rasulpura, one of the dozens of villages that sold huge areas of land to the Gujarat Industrial
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