Guj Polls: Modi's opponent Bhatt stands weak in Maninagar

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Ahmedabad, Nov 30: The stage is all set for Gujarat Assembly Elections 2012. Chief Minister of Gujarat Narendra Modi filed his nomination papers as Bharatiya Janata Party's (BJP) candidate from Ahmedabad's Maninagar constituency on Friday, Nov 30. Modi has a very weak opponent as Congress has fielded a non-entity like Shweta Bhatt to take on Gujarat Chief Minister, said experts.

Political analysts feel that Congress has done a disservice by fielding anti-Modi cop Sanjeev Bhatt's wife Shweta to fight against Modi.

"Congress seems to have nobody who is as strong and powerful as Narendra Modi. So, they thought of fielding Shweta, whose husband is fighting a battle against Modi. But, with no political acumen, it will be hard for Shweta to win against Modi," said a senior journalist.

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In the 2007 election, Modi had won Maninagar, which falls in Ahmedabad city, by around 86,000 votes defeating Dinsha Patel of the Congress.

Shweta Bhatt filed her nomination papers just minutes before the time scheduled for Modi to file his nomination papers from the central Ahmedabad constituency. Sanjeev Bhatt - though under suspension a serving IPS officer - accompanied his wife while she filed her papers. Shweta's husband Sanjeev Bhatt had filed an affidavit in the Supreme Court in which he alleged Modi's complicity in post-Godhra riots.

On Tuesday, BJP's Central Election Committee declared the list of candidates, comprising of 89 names, for the two-phase Gujarat Assembly elections slated to be held on Dec 13 and 17.

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