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    Election front-runner Narendra Modi has acknowledged for the first time that he is married, solving one of the biggest mysteries about his private life, reported AFP on Thursday. 

    In an affidavit on Wednesday as he filed his nomination papers to contest parliament from the Vadadora constituency in western Gujarat state, the BJP leader acknowledged that he had a wife named "Jashodaben", but he states elsewhere in the filing that he had "no information" about her. 

    Here are some other key political leaders that are also single: 

    Bharatiya Janata Party's (BJP) Prime Ministerial candidate, Narendra Modi Says he "actually enjoys loneliness", has made a virtue of his de facto single status, saying it will help him clean up India's rampant corruption. "I've no familial ties. Who would I ever try to benefit through corruption?" he told a rally, claiming only those free of familial ties can end what opponents charge are years of corrupt rule by the Congress party. [EPA/DIivyakant Solanki]
    Congress party vice president Rahul Gandhi last year declared he did not want to wed, saying he feared he would "become status-quoist and want my children to take my place" and perpetuate his family's dominant political role, reported AFP. [EPA/JAGADEESH NV]
    Tamil Nadu state Chief Minister and All India Anna Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam (AIADMK) leader Jayaram Jayalalitha was a Bollywood actress before she entered politics. [AP Photo/Arun Sankar K.]
    West Bengal chief minister and leader of the Trinamool Congress, (TMC), Mamata Banerjee has no acknowledged partner. [AFP/Diptendu Dutta]

    A third female regional powerbroker, Mayawati, of the Bahujan Samaj party (BSP) is also unmarried. [EPA/Money Sharma]


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