Allahabad: The wife of an Uttar Pradesh
minister has sprung a surprise here by filing nomination
papers against her husband as an independent candidate.
Abhilasha Gupta (38), wife of Minister for Homeopathic
Medicine Nand Gopal Nandi, filed her nomination papers from
the Allahabad (South) seat last evening, shortly before filing
of nominations for the third phase of polls came to a close.
Significantly, Nandi was accompanied by his wife when he
filed his nomination papers from the same seat on January 25.
Sources close to the minister claimed that Nandi`s wife
had filed her papers in the 2007 polls also, but withdrew
Nandi, who was a city-based industrialist before
venturing into politics, had pulled off a sensational victory
in the 2007 assembly polls, defeating heavyweights like former
Assembly Speaker and the then state BJP president Keshri Nath
Tripathi and UP Congress chief Rita Bahuguna Joshi.
He was straightaway inducted into the cabinet.
He was also severely injured in a bomb attack outside his
residence here on July 12, 2010.
Seeking re-election from the seat where voting will be
held on February 15, Nandi is likely to face a tough challenge
from Keshri Nath Tripathi, who has won the seat for BJP a
record five times, and city Mayor Chaudhary Jitendra Nath
Singh, who has been fielded by the Congress.