India's Gandhi mocks rival Modi over wedlock confession
Published on Apr 11, 2014 9:12 PM
NEW DELHI (AFP) - Mr Rahul Gandhi, the vice president of the ruling Congress party, on Friday accused opposition election frontrunner Narendra Modi of hypocrisy over his belated disclosure that he is married.
Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) premier candidate Modi, 63, is routinely described as a bachelor and is thought to have lived alone in his adult life, having risen through the ranks of a grassroots Hindu nationalist organisation in which celibacy is expected.
But on Wednesday, Mr Modi acknowledged he had a wife in an affidavit while filing papers to run for the national parliament in western Gujarat state.
Mr Gandhi, the 43-year-old scion of India's famous political dynasty and unwed himself, is leading the campaign for Congress, which is tipped to lose to the BJP in elections that began this week.
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