Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi has tried to downplay his Prime Ministerial ambitions insisting that Gujarat remains his focus and any planned move to Delhi after the December Gujarat elections is only media speculation. In an interview with IBN18 Editor-in-chief Rajdeep Sardesai, while on his Vivekananda Yatra that ends on Thursday, Modi insisted that he would win by an even bigger margin than in 2002 and 2007 this time.
Modi also chose to keep silent on the contentious issue of apologising for failing to control the 2002 Gujarat riots. In the interview, Modi also refused to answer the contentious issue of the criticism he has received from Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar and whether he would campaign in Bihar.
Following are excerpts from Rajdeep Sardesai's interview with Narendra Modi:
Rajdeep Sardesai: I spoke to Nitin Gadkari a few days ago and asked him that if Narendra Modi wins by a two-third majority, will he be NDA's Prime Ministerial candidate, he said Modi is one of the contenders out of six to seven other leaders. Would you like to come to Delhi?...more
09:28 AM, Oct 11, 2012