Modi contesting local body polls from Pathanamthitta as LDF candidate!
Pathanamthitta: Modi is contesting local body polls from Pathanamthitta as CPM candidate. This headline can turn heads easily as nobody would expect Prime Minister Narendra Modi to contest the LSG polls in Kerala, that too representing CPM.
With his unique name, Jijo Modi, who contests from Malayalappuzha district panchayat division in Pathanamthitta, has already gained attention.
Though his full name is Jijo Modi, everyone calls him Modi. It was his father George who modified their family name ‘Modiyil’ at the time of school admission. People used to call George Modiyil as George Modi. With this, he changed his son’s name to Jijo Modi. George Modi is a local Congress leader.
“While taking attendance, teachers used to confirm the name twice. I didn’t like this name then. But it became a positive thing for me,” Jijo Modi told mathrubhumi.com. Jijo Modi said that people who meet him never forget him due to the unique name.
When the BJP leader Narendra Modi became famous, people started noticing Jijo Modi also. When he visited the secretariat once, somebody asked him ‘Are you the PM's man?’ To this, Jijo Modi replied, ‘No, I’m the CM’s man’. During party meetings, the leaders harshly criticise the policies of the Prime Minister and then add one line in the end – this has nothing to do with our Modi.
Though Jijo Modi comes from a family of Congress followers, he supports LDF. He entered politics through SFI at the age of 15. He became union chairman at Konni VNS College while studying BCom. He acted as the SFI area president and DYFI area president. Later, he also worked as a journalist for about 5 years.
However, he quit the field to be more active in politics. Currently, he serves as CPM Konni Thazham local committee secretary and Konni marketing financial director board member. Modi said that he has ideological disagreements with Narendra Modi, but respects the name as he also became popular through this name. Jijo named his daughters Sainika Modi and Nainika Modi. His wife is Monisha.
UDF candidate Samuel Kizhakumpuram and NDA candidate G Manoj, who is also the BJP Konni constituency president, are the opponents of Jijo Modi in the local body polls. Malayalapuzha is the seat of UDF.