Congress candidate Shweta Bhatt, who lost to Chief Minister Narendra Modi in the Maninagar assembly constituency, on Thursday vowed to continue to work for the problems of the people, and added it is sad that Gujaratis have failed to see the facts hidden behind the vibrant campaign.
"It hurts me that people of Gujarat can't see the truth. My fight was against injustice fear and hatred. I am doing it even now. I think that the election system has become so transparent that people come to know which society, caste or group voted in favour or against. It may be that the people are voting out of fear," she told Asian News International (ANI).
Shweta Bhatt, who is the wife of suspended IPS officer Sanjeev Bhatt, said she sees the voters' verdict as her win.
"Today, around 35,000 to 40,000 people have voted for me. I see it as my victory because I think that I have been able to convince them with my ideology," said Bhatt.
"As far as Maninagar is concerned, the chief minister has never gone there. There is no development, there are no gutters, schools, hospitals, roads and electricity. I then realised that these people need my support," she added.
Modi won from the Maninagar assembly constituency by over 86,373 votes. Modi, who is looking for a third consecutive term in Gujarat, polled 1,20,470 votes.
Shweta Bhatt, who had claimed in her election campaign that her fight against Modi was to re-establish the democracy in Gujarat, bagged 34,097 votes.
According to latest reports, the BJP is leading in 121 seats in Gujarat and the Congress alliance is ahead in 55 seats.
There are 182 assembly seats in Gujarat and a party needs at least 92 seats to get a majority and form the government. (ANI)