Ahmedabad, Apr 10 UNI | 4 months ago

Making a personal attack on Gujarat Chief Minister and BJP's prime ministerial candidate Narendra Modi over his marital status, the Congress today said the BJP leader has no respect for women and his party should reconsider his selection as the PM nominee for the Lok Sabha polls.

The Congress also demanded that the Election Commission (EC) reject his election in the 2012 Assembly polls and also his nomination papers from Vadodara Lok Sabha seat.

'Mr Modi in his affidavits from 2002 to 2012 Assembly elections concealed information about his marital status. In nomination for 2014 Lok Sabha polls, he has mentioned Jashodaben as his wife,' Gujarat Congress chief Arjun Modhwadia told reporters here.

He said but in his 2014 nominations also, Mr Modi has not given information about his wife's income or assets.

'Mr Modi can make a fun of Shashi Tharoor by calling his wife a Rs 50 crore girlfriend, but he had no knowledge about his own wife's income or assets,' Mr Modhwadia said. He said Mr Modi talks about women empowerment but 'at the behest' of the Chief Minister, the entire Gujarat Police kept a young woman under surveillance under the 'supervision' of the then state minister Amit Shah.

'We demand that criminal proceedings be initiated against Mr Modi for giving wrong affidavit. The EC should reject his nominations during the 2012 Assembly polls. His nomination papers for the 2014 Lok Sabha polls should also be cancelled in scrutiny,' the Gujarat Congress chief said.

Mr Modhwadia further said that Mr Modi should apologise to the women of the country. 'The BJP should reconsider its decision of electing him as the party's prime ministerial candidate,' he added. Congress women cell leader Ami Yagnik alleged that Mr Modi denied his wife her rights for more than four decades. 'This is a very serious issue. Mr Modi has a moral duty to apologise to the nation,' she said. However, taking a different path, leader of Opposition in state Assembly Shankersinh Vaghela said he favoured
respecting the Gujarat Chief Minister's personal life by not publicising his married life.

Talking to mediapersons, Mr Vaghela said, 'I am witness to Mr Modi's life all these years and I can say that he has not consumed his married life so far. Jashodaben has said that Mr Modi is her husband and he too has acknowledged her. In my opinion, there is no point in publicising Mr Modi's personal life.'

Mr Modi, in his nomination papers from Vadodara yesterday, acknowledged for the first time Jashodaben as his wife. Till the last Assembly elections in 2012, he used to avoid mentioning his marriage. Amid the ongoing controversy over marital status of the Gujarat Chief Minister, his elder brother issued a clarification urging the people not to politicise the matter.

In a statement, his elder brother Somabhai Damodardas Modi urged the people on behalf of his family that one should look at the marriage of Mr Modi, which took place some 45 year ago, as reflection of the conservative mindset of their parents at that point of time.

(Posted on 10-04-2014)