Great grandson of Mahatma Gandhi elected to Kansas State Assembly

Washington:  A great-grandson of Mahatma Gandhi has been elected to a State Assembly in the United States during the general elections held on November 6.

Shanti Gandhi, 72, contesting as a Republican Party candidate, defeated his Democratic rival Theodore "Ted" Ensley by nine percentage points for the Kansas's 52nd Assembly District.

He is the son of late Kantilal Gandhi, the grandson of Mahatma Gandhi.

A cardiovascular and thoracic surgeon, Shanti Gandhi retired in 2010 from Stormont-Vail Hospital at Topeka City in the Kansas State.

He received 6,413 votes against Ensley's 5,357 in the elections held on Tuesday, according to the results declared by the Kansas Secretary of State.

He arrived in the US in 1967 as a medical graduate from University of Bombay.
Story First Published: November 11, 2012 10:44 IST

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