Former MLAs of Gujarat are gearing up with election campaigns to grab their power seats. Meanwhile, a former Gujarat MLA of the Khedbrahma-Vijayanagar constituency, Jethabhai Rathore, struggles for daily meals. Still dependent on the BPL (Below Poverty Line) card, Rathore and his family work as wage laborers to survive.
In today’s India, MLAs are characterized by immense wealth, luxurious lifestyle, and grandeur election campaigns. They do not step down from five-star hotels and premium sedans. Moreover, 405 MLAs have changed political affiliations in the last five years.
Poverty: Jethabhai’s Reward For Honest Work
The 80-year-old former MLA Jethabhai Rathore lived a life of principles. He won the elections from the Khedbrahma-Vijayanagar seat as an independent candidate. Simultaneously, he defeated the Congress candidate by 17,000 votes.
He dedicated his life to serving the people of his constituency from 1967-71. Jethabhai did not deposit a single rupee of fix in his account. In a world of millionaire politicians, Jethabhai still remains a BPL card beneficiary.
Rathore did a lot of good for his people, especially in terms of roads and lakes during his reign. He also traveled on his bicycle to several villages to question people about their problems. Rathore took the ST (State Transport) bus to actively participate in the Gujarat Assembly.
Rathore and his family live in a hut in Vijaynagar taluka inherited from their ancestors. He has five sons who still work for wages. They do not receive any government assistance or get a pension. Many politicians are unaware of the former Gujarat MLA’s presence.
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