AHMEDABAD: Jashodaben, estranged wife of Prime Minister-elect Narendra Modi, on Friday said she would attend his swearing-in ceremony if invited. She also expressed interest in relocating to Delhi if Modi wanted. “I will attend the swearing-in ceremony if he invites me,” she told a Gujarati TV channel.
Even though, Jashoda said she was pained at her estrangement, she appeared to have taken it in her stride. “He has become Prime Minister because of his hard work and brilliance. I pray that he makes further progress. The country has the most important place in his heart,” she said.
A retired school teacher, Jashoda, who is living with her brother in Mehsana, said she would accept the NSG cover if she were entitled for it. She also said she would move in with Modi, if he allowed her to do so.”I am happy that he has accepted me as his wife,” Jashoda,who last spoke to Modi on January 1, 1987, said. The Gujarat government is likely to provide ‘Z’ category security for Modi’s siblings. His elder brother Somabhai retired from the Health Department and younger brother Prahlad runs a shop here, while the youngest brother Pankaj is an employee in the Information and Publicity Department. His sister lives in Mehsana.
Their mother Hiraba is also likely to get NSG cover as per the protocol.
BJP officials believe that Modi will not give his consent for security cover to his family members since he wants them to continue their simple existence.