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Man of the Match: Modi

Man of the Match: Modi

india Updated: Dec 23, 2007 23:31 IST

Sept 17, 1950 Born in Mehsana as Narendra Damodardas Modi in the OBC Ghanchi community

1987 Joins the BJP

1988 Made a party general secretary

1995 Modi moves to Delhi after split in BJP effected by Shankarsinh Vaghela sees the party lose power. Modi becomes national secretary in-charge of five states

Oct 6, 2001 Replaces Keshubhai Patel as Gujarat Chief Minister

Feb 27, 2002 Attack on the Sabarmati Express in Godhra, which sparks riots in the state. Also proves to be the turning point in Modi's political career

Dec 2002 Despite criticism about the way he handled the riots, Modi leads the BJP to a landslide victory in the Assembly elections

Dec 23, 2007 Another landslide victory, with 117 seats in BJP kitty. Party back in power for the fourth consecutive time. Modi, 57, will become CM for the third term