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India's Gandhi mocks rival Modi over wedlock confession

Published on Apr 11, 2014 9:12 PM
 
Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) prime ministerial candidate and Chief Minister of the western Indian state of Gujarat Narendra Modi (left) delivers a speech during the national convention of the Confederation of All India Traders (CAIT) in New Delhi on February 27, 2014 and Congress Party Prime Ministerial candidate Rahul Gandhi gestures as he delivers a speech during a rally in Bhiwandi on the outskirts of Mumbai on March 6, 2014. Mr Rahul Gandhi, the vice president of the ruling Congress party, on Friday, April 11, 2014, accused opposition election frontrunner Narendra Modi of hypocrisy over his belated disclosure that he is married. -- FILE PHOTO: AFP

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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