Finally, Narendra Modi Declares Jashodaben as Wife

BJP's prime ministerial nominee Narendra Modi here today in an affidavit filed before the Election Commission showed himself as a married man revealing that his wife's name is Jashodaben.

In an affidavit submitted along with his nomination papers filed today for Vadodara Lok Sabha seat, Modi for the first time stated that he is married.

So far, Modi used to leave the column of spouse which is to be filled in an affidavit as blank. He had left the column blank in all the four assembly elections he has contested so far: 2001, 2002, 2007 and 2012.

This was first challenged by Congress in January 2001 via pamphlets when Modi contested the by-election to the Rajkot-2 assembly seat, three months after becoming Gujarat CM.

Last year, in November, the Supreme Court had refused to entertain a PIL accusing Modi of leaving the column on marital status blank in the nomination papers for the Maninagar assembly seat in 2012.

However, for the 2014 Lok Sabha election affidavit which he filed, in the column where he has to declare assets in the name of his wife, Modi has written that he has no information on Jashodaben's income, IT returns and PAN details.

The above reportedly is the result of strict legal advice that he come clean on the marriage which, his family members insist, was never consummated.


Sketch Courtesy: The Indian Express

Modi's wife Jashodaben, 62, is a retired school teacher who lives in Brahmanwada, a village about 35km from Modi's hometown, Vadnagar.

The Gujarat Chief Minister is three years older than his wife. Vinod K. Jose provided details about his marriage in the Caravan: The Emperor Uncrowned

Modi was engaged to a girl three years younger than him, Jashodaben Chimanlal, from the neighbouring town of Brahamanwada. They had completed shaadi when Modi was only 13, Sombhai told me. But at age 18, with a higher call beckoning him, Modi decided to set off and wander in the Himalayas, leaving his wife and two uncertain families behind.

The only source of information for Modi’s travels during this time is Modi himself: even his family had no idea of his whereabouts. “Mother and all of us were very worried for him,” Sombhai recalled. “We had no idea where he had disappeared to. Then, two years later, he just turned up one day. He told us he had decided to end his sanyas and would go to Ahmedabad and work at our uncle Babubhai’s canteen.”

“I remember,” one of the Modi family’s neighbours in Vadnagar told me, “before Narendra left again, his mother wanted to set him up with his wife, so they asked Jashodaben’s parents to send her here for gauna. On the day Jashodaben came for gauna, Modi fought with the family and left home again.”

His parents had arranged him a marriage in keeping with the traditions of the Ghanchi caste in Vadnagar, which involved a three-step process that began with an engagement at age three or four, a religious ceremony (shaadi) by the age of 13, and cohabitation (gauna) around the age of 18 or 20, when the parents felt the time had come. Modi was engaged to a girl three years younger than him, Jashodaben Chimanlal, from the neighbouring town of Brahamanwada. They had completed shaadi when Modi was only 13, Sombhai told me. But at age 18, with a higher call beckoning him, Modi decided to set off and wander in the Himalayas, leaving his wife and two uncertain families behind.

The only source of information for Modi’s travels during this time is Modi himself:  even his family had no idea of his whereabouts. “Mother and all of us were very worried for him,” Sombhai recalled. “We had no idea where he had disappeared to. Then, two years later, he just turned up one day. He told us he had decided to end his sanyas and would go to Ahmedabad and work at our uncle Babubhai’s canteen.”

“I remember,” one of the Modi family’s neighbours in Vadnagar told me, “before Narendra left again, his mother wanted to set him up with his wife, so they asked Jashodaben’s parents to send her here for gauna. On the day Jashodaben came for gauna, Modi fought with the family and left home again.”

- See more at: http://caravanmagazine.in/reportage/emperor-uncrowned#sthash.QIDfpIsT.dpuf

In a recent interview to the Indian Express, for which she refused to be photographed, that they got married when she was 17 — and separated after about three years:

We married when I was 17… I had quit studies once I went to his place and remember him saying he wanted me to pursue my education. He would mostly talk to me about completing my education. Initially he took interest in talking to me and even in the affairs of the kitchen.

When asked by the Indian Express whether she felt bad at not being acknowldged, she had said:

"No. I don’t feel bad, because I know that he is doing so due to destiny and bad times. In such situations he has to say such things and also has to lie. I don’t see my situation as being bad because I feel, in a way, my luck has improved too."

She had revealed in the interview that she gets a monthly pension of Rs 14,000, lives mostly with a brother and spends much of her time in prayer.

Though Modi had filed the nomination papers this morning, the Vadodara district election authority put the affidavit on the display board of the Collectorate at midnight.

The affidavit has not been uploaded on the website of the Chief Electoral Officer of Gujarat till late in the night.

Earlier, Congress had said that Modi should come clean on his marital status while filing nomination papers for the Lok Sabha elections.

The Vadodara LS seat which has been chosen by Modi from 26 constituencies of Gujarat is considered to be one of the safest seat.

Modi is also contesting election from Varanasi where he is challenging Aam Aadmi Party candidate Arvind Kejriwal and Congress' local MLA Ajay Rai.

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96/D-24
Apr 17, 2014
02:52 AM

The Uber responsible modi, Right!!!!!!!!

One who left his wife to fend for herself.

One who did not have human decency to divorce her.

kishoredasmunshi, Kolkatta
95/D-35
Apr 16, 2014
03:33 AM

94 D Pradeep

1. Unlikely that the story is fake. The accuser has nothing to gain by bringing Modi into the picture.

2. This is related to the story of his marriage above, because Modis character, and his weakness for women, is in question. Besides, Modi has allegedly given her family government contracts. Unlike what the journalist who removed my comment, might think, this IS related to the topic of Modis marriage.

Just imagine about security, if a womanising person takes over the sensitive post of PM.
 

Misogynist, Chennai
94/D-213
Apr 15, 2014
10:27 PM
 misogynist - this story is old - the other side is that the said collector was sleeping with the architect and was harassing her and Gujarat government was asked for help

The gujarat government has filed in court that the family was aware and is thankful for the governments support - prove it in the court if Modi has done something illegal

People nowadays dont fall for planted media stories and believing claims against Modi by corrupt officials out on bail courtesy sonia gandhi    

pradeep, chennai
93/D-211
Apr 15, 2014
10:05 PM
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92/D-203
Apr 15, 2014
09:47 PM
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