Though BJP’s prime ministerial candidate Narendra Modi accepted after over four decades that he was married, his wife Jashodaben was still willing to go with him if he (Modi) called her back, claimed Jashodaben’s elder brother Askhok Modi.
For the first time in his political career Modi on April 9, admitted under oath that he was married. In the affidavit filed by Modi along with his nomination papers for the Vadodara Lok Sabha seat, the Gujarat Chief Minister mentioned the name of Jashodaben in the column prescribed for his spouse.
Modi, 63, had so far contested four assembly elections but never mentioned name of his spouse in the prescribed column. He always left it blank. Even in public he has never talked about being married. In fact he has always said that he had no family life and his life was dedicated to the nation. At one point of time during Lok Sabha election campaign Modi went on to say that since he did not have a family he cannot do corruption.
“Jashodaben never stayed with Narendrakumar (Modi) after marriage and has led a life alone dedicated to spiritualism. But by heart she still considers Narendrakumar (Modi) as her husband. She had taken a pledge of not eating rice or any preparation made out of it till he (Modi) becomes a prime minister,” Ashok Modi said over phone from Unjha town in Mehsana.
When asked if Jashodaben would go to Modi, Ashok said, “She still considers committed to Narendrakumar (Modi) and is ready to go with him only if he calls her back.”
Jashodaben also hoped that Modi accompany her to holy temple of Godess Amba in Ambaji town of north Gujarat in order to conclude her pledge. “Jashodaben will be going to Ambaji after the (Lok Sabha) results are out. She is confident that Narendrakumar (Modi) will win. She wishes that Narendrakumar also accompany her to Ambaji where she would be concluding her pledge,” Ashok Modi said.