Modi kick starts final campaign from Somnath

Last Updated: Sat, Dec 01, 2012 10:02 hrs

Somnath: Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi on Saturday began his final round of campaign for the upcoming state assembly polls from Somnath.

Modi, who is looking at a third consecutive term at the helm in Gujarat, is expected to tour six places in Saurashtra and southern Gujarat in his last leg of the campaign.

Modi, who is contesting from Ahmedabad's Maninagar seat, will lock horns with Congress candidate Shweta Bhatt.

Shweta Bhatt is the wife of suspended IPS officer Sanjiv Bhatt, who is best known for alleging that the chief minister had asked the state police to go slow against rioters in the 2002 Gujarat riots.

Maninagar is a Modi stronghold and he has held this seat since 2002. In 2007, he defeated the Congress candidate by around 75,000 votes.

Meanwhile, senior Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leaders Lal Krishna Advani and Sushma Swaraj will be addressing public rallies in Gujarat today.

According to reports, Advani is scheduled to campaign in Gujarat over the next two days, while Swaraj will be addressing a public rally in Vadodara.

Today is also the last day for filing nominations for the second phase of the state assembly polls, which will be held on December 17. The second phase election will be held for 95 seats spread across 12 districts of the state.

Gujarat will go to the polls in two phases on December 13 and 17. The counting of votes will take place on December 20.

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