'My fight against Modi is to re-establish democracy': Shweta Bhatt

Last Updated: Fri, Nov 30, 2012 08:50 hrs

Congress candidate Shweta Bhatt, who will contest the upcoming elections against the Gujarat Chief Minister from his constituency Maninagar in Ahmedabad, on Friday said that her fight against Narendra Modi is to re-establish democracy.

Shweta Bhatt, who is the wife of suspended IPS officer Sanjiv Bhatt, looked quite anxious after filing her nomination papers and urged all people to back her in the contest.

"My fight against Narendra Modi is to re-establish democracy. I would want that all the parties should support me in my fight. My fight is to re-establish democracy. So, please support me," said Shweta Bhatt.

"There are a lot of issues, including that of security, women's safety and corruption. I would focus on all the issues," she added, while emphasizing that her main motive would be to work vigorously for the people of the state.

Maninagar is a Modi stronghold and he has held this seat since 2002. Modi, who is looking at a third consecutive term at the helm in Gujarat, defeated the Congress candidate by around 75,000 votes in 2007.

Shweta Bhatt was accompanied by her husband 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.

The suspended IPS officer had alleged that he was being persecuted for giving damaging testimony against Modi.

In March last year, he sent an affidavit to the Supreme Court alleging that at a meeting in February 2002, Modi had told senior policemen not to interfere when rioting mobs were attacking largely-Muslim neighbourhoods.

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

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