- Mumbai’s Gujarati community is in thrall of Modi. A business-friendly image, work in Gujarat, has clinched their support.
- The larger Marathi community, in contrast, is confused—caught between the BJP, the Shiv Sena and the MNS
- Many Marathi voters and leaders rue the acrimonious split between Uddhav and Raj Thackeray
It’s a political cleft along community lines. Kinnari Gada, 35, is a jewellery designer, a Gujarati and a Dadar resident. In previous elections—Lok Sabha or assembly—she used to vote for the ‘most appropriate’ candidate. But dinnertime conversations with family members have now crystallised into joint support for Narendra Modi.
Kinnari is one of the many Gujarati citizens in Mumbai who are rallying behind Modi for the “development work he has done in Gujarat”. As Mumbai goes to polls on April 24, Gujaratis, largely a trading community (comprising of several communities like Jains, Kathiawadis and...