Friday, Dec 26, 2014Friday, Dec 26, 2014

Asia

 

India poll favourite 'bachelor' Modi admits he is married

Published on Apr 10, 2014 1:15 PM
 
Bhartiya Janta Party Prime Ministerial candidate Narendra Modi (centre) is showered with flower petals during his roadshow in Vadodara, Gujarat. Mr Modi has acknowledged for the first time that he is married, solving one of the biggest mysteries about the private life of the man tipped to be India's next Prime Minister. -- PHOTO: AFP

AHMEDABAD, India (AFP) - Election frontrunner Narendra Modi has acknowledged for the first time that he is married, solving one of the biggest mysteries about the private life of the man tipped to be India's next prime minister.

The 63-year-old is routinely described as a bachelor and is thought to have lived alone in his adult life having come through the ranks of a grassroots Hindu nationalist organisation in which celibacy is expected.

Media reports have described how he walked away from a marriage arranged by his parents when he was a child, but this has never been confirmed by the man himself who has portrayed his single status as a virtue while campaigning.

In an affidavit on Wednesday as he filed his papers to stand as a member of parliament from the Vadadora constituency in western Gujarat state, he acknowledged that he had a wife.

 
If you are not a subscriber, you can get instant, unlimited access here

Videos