Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi on Saturday received "priya Gujarati" title based on an opinion poll conducted by a television channel.
Out of the nine contestants for the poll, conducted by E-TV Gujarati, Modi bagged 82 per cent votes to emerge on the top, said Chairman of the E-TV Group Ramoji Rao before the presentation of the title.
Title of "priya (popular) Gujarati" was presented to Modi by spiritual guru Morari Bapu.
After accepting the award, the BJP leader said till today he used to receive criticism from the media but viewers of the same media have now given him this title.
Modi said he was able to win the title as the television channel had decided to find out the most popular Gujarati instead of the best Gujarati.
"I might be having some faults but as I am popular among the people of the state, they have ignored my faults," Modi remarked.
Prominent personalties like industrialist Mukesh Ambani and his brother Anil Ambani, father of milk revolution V Kurien and classical dance exponent Mallika Sarabhai where among the nominations for the title.