The former Divisional Education Officer Northern, Keshwan Padayachi (pictured left) contested under NFP ticket in 1999 and received 1,756 votes. The Ministry of Education permanent secretary Dr Brij Lal used to work under this man. They are good buddies. Bri Lal reportedly introduced him to Bainimarama and now Padayachi is going around doing campaigning for the dictator. Padayachi, a former school teacher, obtained his law degree a few years ago, on retirement. He is currently Vice President of TISI Sangam national branch and is allegedly using his position to get non-South Indians transferred from Sangam schools through Brij Lal. Padayachi is also maternal uncle of regime judge Justice Daniel Goundar.