Gandhinagar: Shweta Bhatt, wife of suspended IAS officer Sanjiv Bhatt, will be contesting against Chief Minister Narendra Modi in the Gujarat elections.

The Congress party has surprised everyone by fielding the wife of an anti-Modi cop against the BJP veteran leader.

Shweta has been given the Congress ticket from Maninagar constituency which is supposed to be the stronghold of Narendra Modi. She will be filing her nomination on Friday noon.

"Yes, I will be fighting against Modi from Maninagar on a Congress ticket," Shweta Bhatt said.
"We have moved far away from democracy in Gujrat and to restore it, everyone has to do whatever they can. Fighting election against Modi is the logical step in our quest for democracy and to curb anti-democratic forces," she said.

The timing of the announcement has surprised everyone as Modi is also scheduled to file his nomination papers from Maninagar on Friday.

Shweta’s husband Sanjeev Bhatt is facing prosecution in a 20 years old case of custodial death and it is most likely that he could be arrested at any point of time. He was suspended after alleging complicity of Chief Minister Narendra Modi in 2002 post Godhra riots in the state.

When Bhatt was arrested last year in a fake affidavit case in which he was charged of misusing the name of his subordinate official to frame the Chief Minister, Shweta had openly come in defence of her husband and had written to the Union Home Minister fearing threat to Bhatt’s life.

JPN/ Agencies

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