Ahmedabad: In a red cotton sari, her husband and suspended cop Sanjiv Bhatt by her side, newcomer Shweta Bhatt filed nomination papers on November 30 as the Congress Party candidate from Maninagar in Ahmedabad and instantly found the spotlight on her. She is contesting elections against Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi.
Maninagar is a Modi stronghold — he has held the seat since 2002. In 2007, he defeated the Congress candidate by around 75,000 votes. Modi too has filed nomination on November 30; he is seeking a third consecutive term and is expected to comfortably win back Gujarat for the BJP.
Shweta Bhatt, who has never contested elections before, said on November 30, “We have moved far away from democracy in Gujarat and to restore it, everyone has to do whatever they can. Fighting against Modi is the logical step in our quest for democracy and to curb anti-democratic forces.”
Sanjiv Bhatt, an IPS officer, is best known for taking on Modi, alleging that the Chief Minister had asked the state police to go slow against rioters during the 2002 post-Godhra communal riots in Gujarat.