Ahmedabad, Dec 1: The stage is all set for Gujarat Assembly Elections 2012. Chief Minister of Gujarat Narendra Modi filed his nomination papers as Bharatiya Janata Party's (BJP) candidate from Ahmedabad's Maninagar constituency on Friday, Nov 30. And his opponent is none other than Shweta Bhatt, the Congress candidate and wife of suspended IPS officer Sanjeev Bhatt.
Cop Sanjeev is known as Modi's biggest detractor. The former IPS officer Sanjeev had accused Modi of deliberately asking the police to let rioters have their day in 2002 Gujarat Riots. Now political pundits are saying that it is actually Sanjeev who is fighting against Modi and not his wife. Moreover, BJP has said that both Sanjeev and Shweta are being used by the Congress as a 'political pawn' to target Modi.
Political analysts feel that Congress has done a disservice by fielding anti-Modi cop Sanjeev Bhatt's wife Shweta to fight against Modi. "Congress seems to have nobody who is as strong and powerful as Narendra Modi. So, they thought of fielding Shweta, whose husband is fighting a battle against Modi. But with no political acumen, it will be hard for Shweta to win against Modi," said a senior journalist.
The ruling party of the state on Friday, Nov 30 slammed Congress for fielding Shweta against Modi in Ahmedabad's Maninagar constituency.
Expressing his rage against Congress, BJP spokesperson Prakash Javadekar was quoted as saying, "Congress is exposed thoroughly today. In the last 10 years, they carried out a hate campaign...They defamed Gujarat to the hilt. And Sanjeev Bhatt became a major pawn in the hands of Congress."
"It was Congress-sponsored hate campaign to defame Gujarat and Gujarati voters will definitely teach a bitter lesson to Congress. It is clear today which forces are working behind Sanjeev Bhatt after his wife became a Congress candidate," added Javadekar.
Sanjeev was suspended when he hurled stern accusations against the CM over Godhra riots in the state in 2002. When Bhatt was arrested in 2012 in a fake affidavit case in which he was charged with misusing the name of his subordinate official to frame the CM, Shweta had openly come out in defence of her husband and had written to the then Union Home Minister P Chidambaram fearing threat to Bhatt's life.
Gujarat assembly elections will be held in two phases on Dec 13 and 17.