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Modi ducks questions on becoming PM

Last Updated: Thursday, July 14, 2011 - 21:59

New Delhi: Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra
Modi, who is at times projected as BJP`s prime ministerial candidate, Thursday ducked questions on whether he wanted to occupy the top post.

"I have still a lot to do in Gujarat. Let me do what I
want in Gujarat and complete the work initiated," said Modi
when asked about his aspirations and priorities on becoming
the prime minister during an interaction with members of the
Young FICCI Ladies Organisation (YFLO) here.

Many BJP leaders in the past have projected Modi as the
party`s future prime ministerial candidate.

Refusing to respond directly to a question on giving tips to the Centre on how to tackle corruption, as Gujarat had to emerge as a "corruption-free and scam-free" state, Modi merely said, "I am happy that Gujarat was viewed in India like this".
He said, "One can serve the country well, while remaining
free from sins. This can be done in a good manner and positive
results can also be achieved by doing so."

This, he said, was not merely an advice. "I am saying
this after having Gujarat`s experience. I am confident we can
do this all over India and help make it corruption-free,"
while referring to the opening remarks of "Gujarat being
corruption-free" in an article in `Economist` magazine.
On being asked which of the personalities in history had
influenced him most in life, Modi said, "I do not easily get
influenced. But, I do get inspired."

However, the BJP leader said Swami Vivekananda had
inspired him the most and he was looking forward to
celebrating his 150th birth anniversary this year.


First Published: Thursday, July 14, 2011 - 21:59

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