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CII willing to invite Modi for interaction

PTI  New Delhi, April 21, 2013
First Published: 11:00 IST(21/4/2013) | Last Updated: 11:02 IST(21/4/2013)

After hosting Congress leader Rahul Gandhi early this month, CII said on Sunday that the chamber is willing to invite Gujarat chief minister Narendra Modi for an interaction.

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"We have worked with Modi in the 'Vibrant Gujarat' meet. CII was one of the sponsors. So, we will," CII president Kris Gopalakrishnan said when asked whether the industry body will invite the Gujarat chief minister who is seen as the prime ministerial candidate of the BJP.

"We (CII) will work with all parties and all leaders. We are looking to invite all prominent leaders," Gopalakrishnan said.

Rahul had addressed business leaders at CII's annual general meeting on April 4. In his widely publicised speech, he spoke about a host of issues concerning the industry and the nation.

Within days of Rahul's address, Modi used the platform of another chamber of FICCI in his bid to reach out to audiences nationwide and also took a dig at the Gandhi scion.

The industry body, Gopalakrishnan said, has to engage with the political leadership and convey its requirement to them.

"We have to engage with the leaders. We have to convey our request and requirements to the political leadership. We have to give our suggestions. Similarly, we need to listen to them, they have their own priorities, they have their own agenda," he said.

"...this dialogue is very important across all parties and not just one party and we are hoping that we will have more interactions where we can interact on one-on-one basis and at public fora like we had," the newly elected president added.


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