Modi signals his impatience: 'I don't dream of being the PM'


Amid the bickering within the BJP over projecting him as the party's prime ministerial candidate, Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi, in an apparent attempt to put pressure on the party leadership, said Thursday that he does not dream of occupying the top post and would serve the people of the state till 2017.

"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 was quoted as saying 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, according to a PTI report. His statement is being seen as a veiled dig at L K Advani, the BJP's 2009 prime ministerial candidate.

Top party sources admitted that "it was a message to those within the party opposing his projection" as PM candidate. "The sum and substance...of his message was to mount pressure on the leadership to take a quick call, while taking a dig at Advani," said a BJP source.

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