Modi hogs attention at Taj Lit fest

Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi grabbed much attention on the concluding day of Taj Literature Festival as a section of speakers on the occasion gave a thumbs-down to the Gujarat Chief Minister as a possible prime ministerial candidate.

Politics took major share of the limelight as guests attending the literature festival yesterday discussed the current political scenario of the country.

Writer Shobha De said Modi should limit himself to Gujarat and work on his image as "youth of the country would be unable forget his deeds," in an apparent reference to the 2002 Gujarat riots. Her comment came in response to BJP leader Vani Tripathi's remark that political leaders should have a clean image.

Ad maker Prahlad Kakkar supported De's view, saying Modi would be the right candidate "if the country needed an enemy".

The festival ended with a call to make the event an annual affair and also more space to be given to Hindi writers and poets. Apart from De, Kakkar and Rai, humorist Pawan Verma, editor Sabah Naqvi, actor Farooq Shaikh and producer Muzaffar Ali attended the event.

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