GPP withdraws candidate from Maninagar
The Maninagar assembly constituency in Ahmedabad is all set to witness a direct battle between Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi and Congress candidate Shweta Bhatt after Keshubhai Patel's Gujarat Parivartan Party (GPP) withdrew its candidate on Monday, reports said.
The GPP made the move a day after Shweta Bhatt, wife of suspended Gujarat IPS officer Sanjiv Bhatt, urged Patel to withdraw the candidate.
"I am appealing to all the political parties which oppose the BJP to support me in my political battle against the Gujarat Chief Minister," Shweta told media.
"I appeal especially to GPP Chief Keshubhai Patel to withdraw his candidate...I am confident that he is going to accept my appeal," she said.
Both Shweta and Modi had filed the nomination papers for the upcoming state Assembly polls from Maninagar assembly constituency on Nov 30.
Pertinently, Maninagar is a seat from where the Gujarat chief Minister won by a huge margin in 2007.
Modi is looking at a third consecutive term as Gujarat Chief Minister.
Voting will take place in Gujarat on Dec 13 and 17. The votes will be counted on Dec 20.