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    Apr 11, 2014

    Modi mystery solved: He is married


    ELECTION front runner 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 the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), 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.

    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.

    In the column of the affidavit to mention spouses, the chief minister of Gujarat wrote the name "Jashodaben".

    Reports have stated that he was betrothed to a 62-year-old retired school teacher called Jashodaben.

    The relationship is believed to have never been consummated.