Bhandari Community

The Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) has named a 45-year-old political debutant Amit Palekar as its Chief Ministerial candidate in the 14 February Goa Assembly elections.

A lawyer-turned-politician, Palekar belongs to the Bhandari community, which is Goa’s largest caste group constituting a significant percentage of its Hindu population.

The Bhandari community’s traditional occupation was toddy-tapping and distilling, farm tilling and working in orchards. It is placed in the Other Backward Class (OBC) category in Goa.

The community is spread across Goa and Maharashtra’s Konkan belt including parts of Ratnagiri and Sindhudurg.