Vadodara: , BJP’s PM candidate Narendra Modi has admitted for the first time under oath that he has a wife.
In his nomination form for the Vadodara Lok Sabha seat, which he filed amid much fanfare on Wednesday, he entered the name of Jashodaben as his wife. She is a retired school teacher in Brahmanwada, a village about 35km from Modi’s hometown, Vadnagar.
Modi married at 17 to Yashodaben who was around the same age as him.
Now 63, the former RSS pracharak had left the column blank in the last four state assembly elections in 2001, 2002, 2007 and 2012. This was first openly challenged in pamphlets distributed by Congress in January 2001 when Modi contested the by-election to the Rajkot-2 assembly seat, three months after becoming Gujarat CM.
The declaration is reported to have come after strict legal advice that he come clean on the marriage which, his family members say, was never consummated.
As per the Representation of the People Act, 1951, every candidate is required to declare even assets held in the name of the spouse. In his nomination form, Modi has said he has no information about Jashodaben’s income, IT returns and PAN details.
Modi also listed his assets — amounting to about Rs 1.50 crore — in his nomination form. They include cash in hand worth Rs 29,700, bank deposits of about Rs 44 lakh, infrastructure bonds of Rs 20,000 and National Savings Certificates worth Rs 4.34 lakh. He had purchased real estate worth Rs 2.47 lakh, the market value of which is now about Rs 1 crore.