Never see dreams of being PM; have to serve Gujarat till 2017: Modi

Gandhinagar: Downplaying his Prime Ministerial aspirations, Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi on Thursday said he never dreams of holding the top post as he is bound to respect the mandate given to him by the people of his state till 2017.

“Those who dream of becoming something end up destroying themselves. One should not dream of becoming something, but one should dream of doing something,” Modi said when a student asked him whether he will come and interact with them in 2014 after ‘he will become the Prime Minister’.

“I never see such dreams (of becoming PM), nor am I going to see such dreams. People of Gujarat have given me a mandate to serve them till 2017 and I have to do this with my full strength,” Modi said.

The BJP strongman, who is in the race for the party’s PM candidate, was replying to questions asked by students who had gathered at a function for felicitating best teachers of the state on the occasion of Teacher’s Day.

Modi shared the dais with State Governor Kamla Beniwal at the function for the first time after fresh confrontation between them.

Beniwal has returned the controversial Gujarat Lokayukta Aayog bill for reconsideration to the government with stinging remarks.

Modi’s comments come at a time when Opposition Congress is gunning for his resignation and has given a call for Gujarat bandh tomorrow after the explosive resignation letter of suspended IPS officer D G Vanzara and emergence of a sting operation CD involving two BJP MPs allegedly trying to derail the investigation in the Tusli Prajapati encounter case.

Modi had informal interactions with school children who posed questions to him on the subjects like how kids can convey their birthday wishes to him, from whom he learnt Yoga and in his opinion which were the three most important development works he did in the state of Gujarat. (PTI)