Courting a fresh controversy, Madhya Pradesh state Governor Anandiben Patel, the former CM of Gujarat and close aide of PM Narendra Modi, declared that Modi is "unmarried". A video clip of Anandiben's remarks on Modi's marital status is now going viral and is causing severe discomfiture to the BJP.
Anandiben created flutter when she declared Modi as "unmarried" during an official event in village in Madhya Pradesh. In the video, she was seen saying the local Anganwadi workers that Modi has still "not married".
"Unhone (Modi) vivah nahin kiya hai yeh to pata hai naa aapko, Narendrabhai ne shaadi nahin ki hai (You know, he has not married. Narendrabhai is unmarried)", Anandiben Patel was heard telling them in the video clip. She added that Mr Modi understood the problems of women and children pre and post-childbirth, despite being unmarried. An onlooker had apparently taken the video in his cellphone camera.
Nonetheless, Narendra Modi himself has mentioned his marital status as married to Jasodaben in the election affidavit filed during 2014 Parliamentary elections. Opposition Congress has often raised the issue of his marital status in public to embarrass him. The faux pas committed by the governor has become a matter of intense discussion in the political circle in MP where elections are likely to held soon.