The beleaguered veteran Gujarat Congress leader and former union minister, Bharatsinh Solanki, who quit active politics to take a sabbatical in early June, has been provided with an armed security guard following his application to the State Government that he had a threat perception from his estranged wife.
Announcing his sabbatical on June 3, Solanki had told media persons that his wife Reshma had even “tried to kill me by poisoning me with the ulterior motive to inherit my property since we have no children.” This was seconded by Dilip Patel, who is Reshma’s maternal uncle and was there at the press conference.
This was after yet another video of him with a woman went viral. Solanki had said he was taking a break from active politics until his family issues were settled.
Causing a huge embarrassment to the Congress party ahead of the December Assembly elections, the video showed his second wife Reshma thrashing the 69-year-old Solanki while pulling the hair of a 24-year-old girl who was found with him at the latter’s Anand bungalow.
Sources claim that Solanki’s decision to take a break from active politics follows the party high command taking a serious view of videos of his Casanova image popping up intermittently.
The former union minister and son of late Congress leader Madhavsinh Solanki had said his wife was targeting him like this for she eyed her property when his divorce petition was pending in the courts.
Solanki denied that he was with the other woman when his second wife barged into her home and claimed that he had gone there to have ice cream.