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Dons' Kin Spice up Maharashtra Polls

Published: 03rd October 2014 06:00 AM  |   Last Updated: 03rd October 2014 03:49 AM   |  A+A-

MUMBAI: The bylanes which lead to Dagdi Chawl in Byculla are crowded again after a gap of five years. Dagdi Chawl, better known as the residence of gangster Arun Gawli, is known for its jubilant Navratri celebrations. This year, there is additional excitement to the nine-day festival. Election fever has gripped the area.

Gawli’s daughter Geeta is contesting Assembly elections from here. Geeta, 31, is a candidate of Akhil Bharatiya Sena (ABS) floated by Gawli in 2003. She is seeking votes in the name of development and benefits for women and children. A two-term councillor, she is confident that people will vote for her as she has worked for them.

Geeta was the chairman of the Health Committee of the  Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) for three years. “The works I carried out all over the city are in front of the people. Daddy (Gawli) too had worked for the people. I hope they will vote me to victory based on our performance,” she told Express. 

Gawli too had won the Assembly election from this constituency in 2004. At present, Gawli, convicted for a murder, is lodged at Taloja Central Jail, in Navi Mumbai. Geeta, who has declared assets worth Rs 1.20 crore, is not worried about her father’s past. “People have seen him working for them. I am determined to complete the projects initiated during his tenure,” she said. She does not have any criminal case against her.

In the eastern suburb of Chembur, another kin of an underworld don is also aspiring to “serve” the people. Deepak Nikalje, younger brother of fugitive don Chhota Rajan, is contesting the elections on a Republican Party of India (RPI) ticket backed by the BJP. “Slum rehabilitation and disposal of garbage in the area will be my priorities,” Nikalje, 47, told Express.

“Nikalje, who declared assets worth Rs 4.70 crore, has four criminal cases pertaining to cheating and forgery against him. He had contested the 2009 elections too but came fourth. Nikalje declined to comment anything about his elder brother. “He has his own life. I am not in touch with him,” he said.

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