Vadodara: 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.
Gujarat chief minister Narendra Modi files his nomination papers from Baroda, Gujarat. File pic
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 kept the column as blank in 2012 Assembly elections as well.
However, for the 2014 Lok Sabha election affidavit, in the column where he has to declare assets in the name of his wife, Modi has written that he has no information on it.
Though he 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.
Congress, BJP argue over Modi's marital status
BJP's prime minister hopeful Narendra Modi's marital status has become the topic of a slanging match between his saffron party and the Congress.
After Congress member of the Rajya Sabha, Shantaram Naik this week insisted that India deserved to know wheher or not Modi was married, at public meeting late Wednesday night Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar retorted that Naik should first reveal whether he had a bride ready.
"People like Shantaram Naik talk about Modi's marital status. Instead of talking about issues related to defence and economy, the Congress has stooped down to such a disgusting level... Shantaram should first say if he has a bride at hand," Parrikar said.
Addressing a press conference at the party's state headquarters Tuesday, Naik said that Modi should come clean on whether or not he was married.
Naik also said that Modi and his camp were silent over media reports about Gujarat chief minister's wife.
"When Modi files his nomination form, he will now have to specify whether he is married or not. He cannot leave the marital status column blank," Naik said.