The ruling party of the state on Friday, Nov 30 slammed Congress for fielding Shweta, wife of suspended IPS officer Sanjeev Bhatt, against Modi in Ahmedabad's Maninagar constituency.
Expressing his rage against Congress, BJP spokesperson Prakash Javadekar was quoted as saying, "Congress is exposed thoroughly today. In the last 10 years, they carried out a hate campaign...They defamed Gujarat to the hilt. And Sanjiv Bhatt became a major pawn in the hands of Congress."
"It was Congress-sponsored hate campaign to defame Gujarat and Gujarati voters will definitely teach a bitter lesson to Congress. It is clear today which forces are working behind Sanjiv Bhatt after his wife became a Congress candidate," added Javadekar.
Gujarat assembly elections will be held in two phases on Dec 13 and 17. Narendra Modi-led BJP will try to retain its power in the state for the third consecutive term. Last time, BJP bagged as many as 117 seats and Congress 59.
Congress, this time, is trying to woo the voters with sympathy votes for Mrs Bhatt whose husband is facing prosecution in 20-year-old case of custodial death and it is most likely that he could be arrested at any point of time.
He was suspended when he hurled stern accusations against the CM over Godhra riots in the state in 2002. When Bhatt was arrested in 2012 in a fake affidavit case in which he was charged with misusing the name of his subordinate official to frame the CM, Shweta had openly come out in defence of her husband and had written to the then Union Home Minister P Chidambaram fearing threat to Bhatt's life.