A day after BJP president Nitin Gadkari spelt out the six Prime Ministerial candidates in BJP, Gujarat chief minister Narendra Modi on Friday said he remains 'nirvikar' (unaffected) by the issue and his focus is on the upliftment of six crore people in the state.
"People who are actively doing yoga and more particularly 'pranayam' will be well aware that when you do 'pranayam', gradually you don't feel birds chirping around and other noises. For you, it doesn't make any difference if there is bright light or its dark. You become 'Nirvikar'. In the same way, I am Nirvikar about all these issues," Modi responded to a query about his becoming PM.
"My focus of activity is six crore people of Gujarat and their upliftment and betterment. And this focus should be the parameter of my success," Modi said to a question on leading at the national level after achieving success in the state.
Gadkari on Thursday said, "Modi is one of the six PM candidates of BJP along with Advani, Rajnath Singh, Sushma Swaraj, Arun Jaitley and MM Joshi. No decision has been yet taken (by the party)."
Reportedly, there is a race between different BJP leaders to become party's prime ministerial candidate for the 2014 elections.
There was also a controversy over the remarks of NDA ally Bihar chief minister Nitish Kumar of leaving the alliance if Modi is made BJP's PM, which he later denied.
Earlier, senior BJP leader LK Advani had also said on his blog that a non-Congress, non-NDA alliance may come to power after the next general elections.
Modi was responding to questions from industry leaders and professionals at an interactive session organised by All India Management Association (AIMA) here today.
Interestingly, most of the members who were present at the interactive session were enthusiastically pitching for 'PM Modi' as most of their questions centred on Modi's larger ambitions and if he is willing to become the PM or not.
But most of the queries on the PM issues were modestly scuttled by Modi.