The Gujarat Chief Minister, Narendra Modi, today side-stepped questions on his Prime Ministerial ambitions, saying he is an “apolitical person”.

“I am not a politician,” he said, when asked by a questioner at a programme about the desire of politicians to aim for the top political post and what was his attitude about it.

“A politician may have (the desire to become Prime Minister) but I am not a politician. I am an apolitical person,” he said to a round of applause from the gathering of businessmen at the Merchants Chamber of Commerce here.

Modi is widely perceived to be BJP’s Prime Ministerial face in the next Lok Sabha elections.

(This article was published on April 9, 2013)
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