New Delhi: Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi on Saturday parried questions on whether he wanted to become the Prime Minister, saying he had never even dreamt of becoming the Chief Minister. (Agencies)
"I have never dreamt of becoming someone in life. I have always tried to do something. Mostly people dream of becoming someone and die. I have never followed this. Till I had become Chief Minister, I had never dreamt of becoming so. I have never even met an astrologer to tell me that I will become a Chief Minister," Modi said in answer to a question on whether he wanted to become Prime Minister and instead said one should not dream to "be" but to "do".
"I feel if Gujarat model is good, it can be implemented in the country. I don't need to come there," he said at the India Today Conclave.
When asked who in the BJP was stopping him from coming to Delhi, Modi gave a humorous touch to his reply. "I am sitting in Delhi. If someone had stopped me, how could I be sitting here."
The three-time Gujarat Chief Minister, who is projected as BJP's Prime Ministerial face ahead of the next general elections, said people should be happy to note that the party runs in a democratic way where decisions are taken democratically by its parliamentary board and "not on the basis of one family", a veiled reference to the Nehru-Gandhi family.
As part of his plans for India's resurgence, Modi said removal of corruption and good governance were his mantras that could turn the nation around and said technology can help eradicate corruption. He also said stability of tenure is the success to good governance.
Modi, in his over half-an-hour speech, hit out at Prime Minister Manmohan Singh for his alleged inaction and for remaining silent and launched a veiled attack on Congress Vice President Rahul Gandhi for rolling up his sleeves to remind the people that his party was bringing in legislations to empower them.
India needs action, not acts
"The nation does not need Acts, it needs action," he said. Modi refused to answer any questions related to the 2002 post-Godhra riots, saying the Supreme Court has given its view on the issue and so have the people.
On being pressed further whether he would express regret as the riots took place when he was in power, Modi insisted that he had spoken enough on the issue and that he need not speak on the subject any more.
"I have said what I had to say. You can go into the records. If I do not speak on the matter, it would do. I am not afraid. Otherwise, I would not have come here. I have seen enough of your tactics but still I come here," he said.
Asked to comment on a perception that he was seen as a divisive figure, Modi said he has had no such experience as he went about his daily business. "My work is my USP. I have to take it forward. I don’t think there is anything wrong in me that I need to change," Modi said.
However, he said he was open to suggestions if people felt he needed to change. "If there are any shortcomings in my style of functioning. If I feel there are or if somebody points them out to me, I will change, because I have to work for the people. I have to take them along. But, I don’t think there is anything wrong in my USP which needs to be changed," he said.
Asked if allies will stay away where Muslim votes are involved, Modi said, "These are topics on which 24-hour news channels are run. The country does not run on these issues, your channels do. There are different ways and means to run a country. These calculations do not matter."
New Delhi: Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi on Saturday parried questions on whether he wanted to become the Prime Minister, saying he had never even dreamt of becoming the Chief Minister.