All in the Family
All seven candidates in the fray in Dantewada in Chhattisgarh are somehow family. BJP nominee and former MLA Bhima Mandawi is the brother-in-law of incumbent Congress legislator Devati Karma who, in turn, is a distant cousin of the CPI candidate, Nandaram Sori. Similarly, the BSP’s Keshav Netam and an independent, Sudru Kunjam, are nephews of the AAP-nominated Ballu Bhawani. And Jaya Kashyap, another independent, is Karma’s niece. All seven candidates also belong to the same tribe, so despite the acrimony between the contesting parties, there is unusual camaraderie in Dantewada.