Hitesh Chavda, Gandhinagar: Instances of elected representatives seeking special treatment anywhere and everywhere is the norm these days.
That could explain why the simple Gandhian lifestyle of a BJP MLA surprises everyone. Despite the many facilities available to him as a people’s representative, MLA Karsan Solanki, prefers to be the common man and use the facilities that any other common man would.
In fact, for residents of Kadi, it is a common sight to see Karsan Solanki taking a bus or most often walking his way to someplace. Solanki is a farmer by profession and has been in active politics for over 15 years.
He has been active in the taluka panchayat politics for 15 years and has been the sarpanch of the gram panchayat for three years.
The 63-year-old who has only studied up to class 12 makes it a point to walk everywhere. He has lived in Nagrasan village of Kadi taluka all his life and went on to become the MLA of Kadi at the age of 60 years.
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Karsan Solanki was given a ticket from Kadi in 2017, a seat that he went on to win for the BJP.
Not many assets for Karsan Solanki
As per the disclosure made by him in his election affidavit, Karsan Solanki has a Maruti 800 car and a JCB machine as his assets. He files an Income Tax return of Rs7 lakh.
Interestingly, this is the seat which Hitu Kanodia, the popular Gujarati film star had lost.
It isn’t just Karsan Solanki who follows the simple life. His family too does not believe in showing off their political connection.
Karsan Solanki’s son works in the taluka panchayat. Even when the assembly is in session, Karsan Solanki makes it a point to walk or uses his two-wheeler to reach the assembly. No fancy cars and drivers for him.
Karsan Solanki also has an interesting philosophy. He does not believe in doing things to secure his political future. “We have been allowed to be part of the assembly and we should use it to help people as much as possible. Who knows what will happen tomorrow,” said Solanki.
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