MARRIED TO JASHODABEN AT 17 : MODI’S CONFESSION
For the first time in his political carrier BJP’S Narendra Modi
confesses in his affidavit filed along with his nomination papers in
Vadodara Lok Sabha constituency on Wednesday that at the age of 17 he
was married with Jashodaben . this confession had invited derisive
remarks from the Congress. In the state assembly polls, he had left
blank the column about spouse.
Seeking to contain a controversy over Narendra Modi’s marital status,
his elder brother Somabhai on Thursday said that the BJP prime
ministerial candidate’s marriage should be seen as a “social
formality” which happened nearly 50 years ago.
In a statement sent to the media by the BJP, Somabhai said, “Our
parents had not studied much and we were a poor family. To them
Narendra was like any other child. In such context our parents
conducted his marriage in a tender age with Jashodaben, but it turned
out to be just a social formality for the sake of it”. Modi, after
leaving the house has not kept any contact with the family,”.
“Service to the nation was his only religion. So he left home and this
material world. His marriage was just a formality as he left the house
soon after his marriage. “Even Jashodaben has been living at her
father’s home and spending her life working in the education sector,”
Somabhai said. “The incident (Modi’s marriage) which had occurred
45-50 years ago is to be seen in the background of a poor and
traditionally orthodox family,”
Somabhai said that Narendra Modi’s current status should not be
evaluated on the basis of “an incident” that had occurred 45 to 50
years ago. Praising his younger brother, he said, “Narendrabhai was
different amongst the six siblings. His interest in the service to the
nation was quite apparent to us.
“But nobody could have estimated the intensity of his idea of service
to the nation. He was also very influenced with the sacrifice and
dedication of Swami Vivekananda and Lord Gautam Buddha.”
In Wednesday’s affidavit Modi has stated that he has no information
about the assets and liabilities of his wife.
His other brother Prahlad said that Modi has never denied that he is married man and in
the earlier election forms he had kept the column of wife blank. “He
has never denied it (marriage). In the earlier election (affidavits)
the column (about spouse) would have been left blank due to some
reasons. Whether he did it intentionally or not that is his personal