Narendra Modi mentions wife Jashodaben in poll affidavit for first time

The affidavit, which declares Modi’s annual income as Rs 4,54,095, has no income, PAN number or return details filed for spouse.

Vadodara | Updated: April 10, 2014 3:26 pm

Narendra Modi will run for prime ministership as a married man.

Modi, who is fighting his fifth election from Gujarat, in his affidavit filed before Vadodara returning officer Vinod Rao Wednesday, declared Jashodaben as his wife. So far, in the four assembly elections that Modi has fought, the column on ‘spouse’ in his affidavits used to be blank.

The BJP prime ministerial candidate filed his nomination for the Vadodara seat, which goes to polls on April 30. He is also contesting from Varanasi.

READ: ‘I like to read about him (Modi)… I know he will become PM,’ says Jashodaben

Sources said the Representation of the Peoples Act 1951 mandates the declaration of assets and liabilities of the spouse of the candidate running for Parliament, failing which the candidate could be disqualified.

Returning Officer Rao’s office took 12 hours to release Modi’s affidavit, unusual for a candidate of his stature. Several meetings preceded the declaration.

Hours before making public the affidavit, Rao, when asked about rules regarding declaring of spouses for candidates, told The Indian Express, “I am not sure of the exact rules. We will have to look up the references.”

Jashodaben, who still writes her full name as Jashodaben Narendrabhai Modi, 62, retired as a government school teacher and currently lives near Vadnagar, Modi’s hometown in Mehsana. In February last, she had told The Indian Express — in her first interview after Modi was declared BJP’s PM candidate — that she married him at the age of 17 and they lived together all of three months after which they parted ways amicably. Their marriage, however, was never annulled formally.

The affidavit, which declares Modi’s annual income as Rs 4,54,095, has no income, PAN number or return details filed for spouse.

 

In an exclusive interview in February, Jashodaben spoke to IE about marriage and life after Modi.  http://iexp.in/QkU77538

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First Published on: April 10, 2014 3:15 am
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    Mohammad Mohammad
    Apr 11, 2014 at 5:40 am
    Finally Modi Sahab has accepted in public.God knows why did he opted to keep the information hidden or simply blank from the affidavit.
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      aap
      Apr 11, 2014 at 6:27 am
      Mr Feku's one more mask comes off. Don't know how many masks he is wearing. Once again I call all true patriots and lovers of Mother-India to throw out this chap from the Indian Politics. He is a great threat to the unity and integrity of our country
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        Prathap Valiavalappil V P
        Apr 10, 2014 at 5:47 am
        give some designer dress to your wife also......
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          Purvi Shah
          Apr 24, 2014 at 5:56 pm
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            Apr 24, 2014 at 5:56 pm
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                              rau791
                              Apr 25, 2014 at 9:07 am
                              Poor lady she is not even allowed to exercise her franchise to vote which is her right and she has been picked up and packed off to Ramdev Guru's Ashram in Himalaya. How disgusting . This is very sad and she is living on her pension and she should be allowed to have her freedom to vote. All women should teach NModi a lesson through ballot box.
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                                Raj
                                Apr 10, 2014 at 7:32 pm
                                So what is wrong in that, I do not see anything wrong in it.
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                                  Sabir
                                  Apr 10, 2014 at 7:44 am
                                  This good for poor Jashodaben who could at least got her right of affiliation at the end.
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                                    Sphinx
                                    Apr 10, 2014 at 7:54 am
                                    It's his personal life. He will reunite if the media pokes it too much. He left family for social service, and may reunite again if it helps in his larger goal.
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