Has Shweta lost the battle to Modi before actual contest?

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Narendra Modi Shweta Sanjeev Bhatt
Ahmedabad, Dec 12: Is the verdict of Maninagar constituency in Gujarat Assembly Elections 2012 already out in favour of Chief Minister Narendra Modi? Has Shweta Bhatt, a first-timer to contest election against political heavyweight Modi, already lost before the actual contest?

Was it a Congress miscalculation to field Shweta, wife of suspended IPS officer Sanjeev Bhatt, who is a well-known anti-Modi voice? There are many questions like this but Shweta is not concerned about the result. "I am ready to face defeat," Shweta said in an interview. Shweta said her fight is about justice for her husband who took on Modi in the 2002 Gujarat riots case.

Shweta says, "My husband, family, daughter and everybody have been harassed. If they are troubled, why should I as a housewife not come out and raise my voice."

Currently, Sanjeev is fighting a legal battle against the Chief Minister. Experts say the Maninagar constituency has become a turf war between Modi and Bhatts (Sanjeev and Shweta). Although a total of 12 candidates are contesting election in Maninagar, the fight is only between BJP's Modi and Congress's Shweta. Moreover, former Chief Minister Keshubhai Patel decided to withdraw his nominee for the seat.

BJP camp has criticised Sanjeev for fielding his wife against Modi. They said Shweta and Sanjeev have become pawns in the hands of Congress.

Gujarat Assembly Elections 2012 will take place in two phases: First phase is slated on Dec 13 and second phase on Dec 17. The counting will take place on Dec 20. Gujarat has 182 assembly constituencies.

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