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Want to serve Gujarat till 2017: Narendra Modi

With the BJP divided over when to declare Gujarat chief minister as the prime ministerial candidate, Narendra Modi on Thursday downplayed his prime ministerial ambitions.
‘I never see such dreams (of becoming PM), nor am I going to see such dreams. People of Gujarat have given me a mandate to serve them till 2017 and I have to do this with my full strength,’ said Modi in Gandhinagar.

Modi’s comments came at a time when there has been intense debate within the party over Modi’s elevation. Senior BJP leaders like L K Advani and Sushma Swaraj are adamant that Modi should not be declared as the prime ministerial candidate till the assembly elections in four states where BJP is in a direct contest with the Congress are over. Madhya Pradesh, Chhattisgarh, Rajasthan and Delhi are the four states where elections are due later this year.

Modi, during his interaction with students, said that one should not dream of becoming something, but one should dream of doing something. ‘Those who dream of becoming something end up destroying themselves,’ Modi said when a student asked him whether he will come and interact with them in 2014 after he becomes the prime minister.

A senior BJP leader said that Modi’s comments are an attempt by him to get out of the firing line and not be embroiled in any major controversy before the 2014 general elections. Recently, Modi has found himself cornered by the Congress after the resignation letter of suspended IPS officer.
DG Vanzara and emergence of a sting operation CD involving two BJP MPs allegedly trying to derail the investigation in the Tusli Prajapati encounter case. The state unit of the Congress has been demanding Modi’s resignation and has given a  given a call for Gujarat bandh  on Friday.

The BJP at the centre, however, tried to downplay the comments made by Modi and said not much should be read into what Modi said. ‘Modi’s motive is to serve the country and fight against corruption. The Prime Ministerial candidate is decided by the party and not by a member,’ said BJP spokesperson Meenakshi Lekhi.

Modi on Friday also shared the dais with governor Kamla Beniwal at the function for the first time after fresh confrontation between them. Beniwal has returned the controversial Gujarat Lokayukta Aayog bill for reconsideration to the government with stinging remarks.
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