Prime Minister Narendra Modi‘s wife Jashodaben Modi filed a Right To Information(RTI) application with the Regional Passport Office (RPO) at Ahmedabad on Wednesday, 11th February, seeking details about his passport. She demanded to know about the marriage-related documents that our Prime Minister had submitted in order to get his passport when he was Chief Minister of Gujarat.

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Back in November, last year, the estranged wife of our current Prime Minister had filed an application for a passport, to go abroad and meet relatives and friends of her family. However, her application was denied on the grounds that she had not produced a marriage certificate or a joint affidavit to prove that she was married to the Indian Prime Minister. That’s what prompted her to file the RTI application on Wednesday, to find out how the Prime Minister was able to obtain his passport without showing his marriage certificate when she couldn’t.

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This, however, was actually not the first time either. Previously, she had also filed an application seeking details of the security she was entitled to as the wife of the prime minister. However, those were rejected and denied by the Mehsana superintendent of police who had stated that the matter pertained to security and could not be disclosed under RTI.

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On Wednesday, Jashodaben was accompanied to the RPO by her brother Ashok Modi and another relative who told The Times Of India that she had asked for details and a copy each of the original passport, renewed passports and the passport issued to Narendra Modi after becoming the Chief Minister of Gujarat. Leaving the office in just 15 minutes after submitting the application, she simply said, “I have come for my personal work.

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Regional passport officer Z A Khan said that her application was currently under review and that they would give her a reply within the stipulated time frame of 30 days.

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Her petition raises an extremely important question and shines a light on the blatant inequality in the Indian bureaucratic system. We certainly hope that the Government, and our Prime Minister, are paying attention, and have an answer soon.

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