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Congress steps up attack on Narendra Modi over marital status

New Delhi: The Congress yesterday upped the ante in this bitterly fought election, when it complained to the Election Commission against Narendra Modi for filing wrong affidavits.

Narendra Modi wrote the name of Jashodaben (right) as his wife in an affidavit, while filing his papers in Vadodara. Pic/PTI
Narendra Modi wrote the name of Jashodaben (right) as his wife in an affidavit, while filing his papers in Vadodara. Pic/PTI

A delegation led by Law Minister Kapil Sibal petitioned the EC to take action against the BJP’s prime ministerial candidate for having furnished “false affidavits” and concealing his marital status in previous elections. “The Congress is not interested in attacking anybody over a personal matter, but this is also a matter of violating the rule of law,” Sibal said.

Modi, in his earlier affidavits filed in the 2001, 2002, 2007 and 2012 assembly elections, did not reveal he was married, he said. “He had left the space blank in Form 26, which obliges a candidate to reveal all material facts to the EC, including his marital status. This amounted to non-fulfillment of his legal responsibility,” Sibal added.

Meanwhile, Rahul Gandhi, addressing a rally in Jammu, said that Modi has fought many elections in the past, ‘but not once did he disclose the name of his wife, nor even admit he is married’. “Though their (BJP) posters say in Delhi that they stand for the rights and respect of women, we have a CM putting all his efforts to spy on a woman,” said Gandhi.

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