A woman who claims to be the wife of BJP’s prime ministerial nominee Narendra Modi said he withdrew from the relationship as he got busy working with the Rashtriya Swayamsewak Sangh (RSS). She, however, said the Gujarat chief minister was bound by destiny and she didn’t feel bad about what happened.
Gujarat CM and BJP's prime ministerial candidate Narendra Modi at the Hunkar rally in Patna. (PTI Photo)
Jashodaben, a 62-year-old retired schoolteacher, told national daily Indian Express there had been no communication from Modi after the initial three years of their marriage. “In such situations, he has to say such things and also has to lie,” she said referring to Modi, who has never publicly acknowledged he has a wife.
The 62-year-old said she was sure Modi would become the Prime Minister one day.
“He told me once that ‘I will be travelling across the country and will go as and where I please; what will you do following me?’ When I came to Vadnagar to live with his family, he told me ‘why did you come to your in-laws’ house when you are still so young, you must instead focus on pursuing your studies,’ Jashodaben, who goes by her first name, said.
“…on many occasions when I went to my in-laws’ place, he would not be present and he stopped coming there. He used to spend a lot of time in RSS shakhas. So I too stopped going there after a point,” she added.
Modi kept the wedding secret because it meant he would not be able to climb the ladder of the RSS, according to a recent biography. In 2009, a magazine tracked Jashodaben to the school where she taught but she refused to give an interview, saying she was afraid of her “powerful” husband.
Jashodaben gets a monthly government teacher's pension of Rs. 14,000 and leads a reclusive life with a brother in a village in western Gujarat. She said the couple "parted on good terms... there were never any fights," adding: "In three years, we may have been together for all of three months."
She said she reads "everything (about him) I can get my hands on."
(With inputs from Agencies)