I have to serve Gujarat, have no PM dreams: Modi
Gujarat chief minister's statement read as indication that he doesn't want to be Prime Minister. He leads the BJP's election campaign committee and is widely expected to be his party's prime ministerial candidate.delhi Updated: Sep 05, 2013 20:07 IST
Gujarat chief minister Narendra Modi on Thursday said he intended to serve the people of his state till 2017 and that was his "priority".
"I never see such dreams (of becoming PM), nor am I going to see such dreams. People of Gujarat have given me the mandate to serve them till 2017 and I have to do this with full strength," Modi said at a Teachers' Day function in Gandhinagar.
"Those who dream of becoming something end up destroying themselves. One should not dream of becoming something, but one should dream of doing something," said Modi. He said this when a child asked him would he meet students if he becomes the prime minister after the 2014 elections.
Modi's remarks came days after senior BJP leader Arun Jaitley said there should be no controversy over the issue of the party's prime ministerial candidate. "Parliamentary elections at times also become (like) presidential elections, especially when the leader enjoys overwhelming popularity. This has happened in the case of Atal Bihari Vajpayee, Indira Gandhi and Jawaharlal Nehru in the past," Jaitley, leader of the opposition in Rajya Sabha had said, stressing that the sooner BJP announced its leader, the better it would be for the party.
"We should not get a hit-wicket. That is a scenario where nobody bowls you out, but you give your own wicket. That is the only way we are going to lose this election," Jaitley had said.
First Published: Sep 05, 2013 13:10 IST