Shweta Bhatt appeals to Keshubhai Patel to withdraw his party candidate from Maninagar

Shweta Bhatt appeals to Keshubhai Patel to withdraw his party candidate from Maninagar

Shweta Bhatt

Ahmedabad Congress candidate from Maninagar, Shweta Bhatt, today appealed Keshubhai Patel-led Gujarat Parivartan Party to withdraw its candidate from the fray.

Mrs Bhatt, the wife of suspended IPS officer Sanjiv Bhatt, is contesting the election against Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi from Maninagar.

The constituency is considered to be a BJP stronghold.

"I appeal to all the political parties which oppose BJP to support me in my political battle against the Gujarat Chief Minister... I appeal especially to GPP Chief Keshubhai Patel to withdraw his candidate," Mrs Bhatt told reporters.

In her maiden press conference, Mrs Bhatt said, "I am confident that Keshubhai will accept my appeal."

"I am not fighting this political battle for myself alone ... I am fighting it on behalf of entire Gujarat, so those who have faith in Indian constitution and democracy... political outfits and individuals should support me," she said.

On being asked if she had a chance against Mr Modi, Mrs Bhatt said, "Absolutely. I am going to win this election.

"I am a very new entrant into politics... I have come with a true heart, to speak the truth, and want to do something."

Asked what would be her response if Keshubhai Patel made a counter appeal, Mrs Bhatt said, "So far no such appeal has been made from GPP. If it comes, we would see."

Replying to a query about complaint filed in a Lucknow court that her husband violated service rules by accompanying her to file nomination, Mrs Bhatt said, "I am an Indian woman and would expect my husband to support me in my endeavours. He came to extend moral support to his wife."

Story First Published: December 02, 2012 20:31 IST

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