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After Gujarat, people want me to repay India’s debt: Modi

Virtually acknowledging his prime ministerial ambition, Gujarat chief minister Narendra Modi on Thursday said it is the duty of every child to repay the debt he owes to ‘Mother India’.

‘Not only Modi, every child and citizen owes a debt to Mother is his duty to repay the debt whenever an opportunity arises. A doctor repays his debt to Mother India when he saves lives....A teacher does so by teaching.

‘Everybody has to repay this debt...I hope Mother India gives her blessings and nobody goes away without paying this debt,’ Modi said, in clearest indication yet that he is ready for a major role in the national political arena in the 2014 general elections, as being demanded by many in the BJP.

Modi, who was recently included in the BJP parliamentary board, the top decision-making body in the party, which many see as a prelude to his being formally nominated its prime ministerial candidate, was speaking at a book release function.

The politically loaded remarks came while he was responding to a statement by R P Gupta, an author, that ‘Modiji ne Gujarat ka karz chuka diya hai, Abhi Bharat Maa ka karz chukana hai’. (Modi has repaid the debt of Gujarat and now is the time for him repay the debt of the country).’

Modi, who was addressing a small gathering of the members of Odisha Chamber of Commerce and Gujarat Chamber of Commerce where he released the book ‘Turn Around India-Through Inclusive Governance & Team Spirit’ edited by Gupta, chose not to make any comment on Rahul Gandhi’s speech at a CII function in Delhi earlier in the day where the Congress vice-president spoke about inclusive development.

The Gandhi scion appeared to be referring to Modi when he talked about alienation of minorities hurting the country’s growth.
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