Gujarat polls: Haren Pandya's wife to contest on GPP ticket

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Ahmedabad, Nov 29: Jagruti, the wife of slain former BJP minister Haren Pandya, on Thursday announced that she would contest the upcoming assembly polls from Ellisbridge constituency from where Haren had won thrice. She will contest the election on the ticket of Gujarat Parivartan Party (GPP), which was floated by rebel BJP leader and former Gujarat Chief Minister Keshubhai Patel in August.

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Pandya, who was assassinated on Mar 26, 2003, was a Gujarat Home Minister in Patel's government. Jagruti said she decided to contest the election to bring justice to her late husband from people's court.

She accused the BJP government of not backing her while she had been fighting a futile legal battle over Pandya's death. An emotional Jagruti said her husband had sacrificed his life for the party but he did not expect a betrayal.

She added that the BJP was not a party with an ideology anymore but had just become a one man force, apparently hinting at the state's long-standing Chief Minister Narendra Modi. Jagruti praised the GPP, which she said was still following the actual ideology of Pandit Dindayal Upadhyay, the former towering leader of the Bharatiya Jana Sangh, predecessor of today's BJP.

On Aug 29, 2011, the Gujarat High Court had dropped murder charges levelled against 12 persons convicted of killing Pandya.

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