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Cricketer Irfan Pathan invites Narendra Modi for brother's marriage

Saturday March 16, 2013 09:32:46 AM, Agencies

Ahmedabad: After springing surprise by sharing stage with controversial Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi at his election rally in December, cricketer Irfan Pathan met him on Friday and invited him for the wedding of his elder brother and cricketer Yusuf Pathan.


The wedding is slated to be held in Mumbai on March 27.


Yusuf is getting married to physiotherapist Afreen, who works in Vadodara while her parents live in Mumbai.


Officials in CMO said Modi, who had so far avoided attending wedding of cricketers, was willing to attend Yusuf's wedding.

Irfan Pathan had surprised the political observers in December 2012 by sharing the stage with Narendra Modi in the campaign rally of BJP in the run up to the assembly elections.

Congress leader and union minister Salman Khurshid termed Modi has termed the incident as "pulling rabbits out of the hat".


“As an observer of the election process, I am a little bit surprised that he (Modi) is having to pull rabbits, seemingly so many live or dead rabbits out of the hat”, Khurshid said.

The BJP however was elated to see Irfan on its side.

“If he (Irfan Pathan) decides to join Narendra Modi because of his record of governance, I am surprised why should Congress take an objection to it,” said BJP spokesperson Ravi Shankar Prasad.

He said Pathan, besides being an eminent cricketer, is also a well-known Gujarati.


A vast majority of people in India and the world see Narendra Modi as the one who had "engineered" the 2002 Gujarat riots. More than 2000 people were killed in one of the deadliest riots India had seen.


Modi received widespread flak from different quarters including from his own partymen. In a strongest message, the US government banned Modi from entering the United States.


Recently, an invitation to him to address Wharton Debate via video-conferencing was also cancelled in the last movement after scholars, academicians and students criticised the move in the wake if his role during the 2002 Gujarat riots.






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