New Delhi: The BJP
will set the agenda for the 2014 Lok Sabha elections, emerge
victorious and the people will get a "Congress-free India",
Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi said Sunday.
In an interview to TV news channel Times Now, Modi expressed
confidence about his Bharatiya Janata Party's (BJP) victory in the
next Lok Sabha polls, but remained tight-lipped over his own
candidature for the prime minister's post.
"In 2014, the BJP will set the agenda for polls, people of the
country will make BJP victorious, and the way people of Gujarat
have formed a Congress-free Gujarat, people of the country will
have a Congress-free India," he said.
Modi also termed dynastic politics a bad trend for any democracy.
"Dynastic politics should not be encouraged in democracy. It does
not mean two people of one family cannot be in politics, but
unfortunately, the country presently is in the clutches of
dynastic rule," he said.
Modi sought to clarify his remarks at a book release function at
Gandhinagar April 4 which were seen as a clear indication of his
prime ministerial ambitions.
Modi had said at the function that he was being told that he had
repaid his debt to Gujarat and had to pay his debt to the country.
He had said every citizen owes a debt to "Mother India".
"If someone heard my lecture, the person who spoke before me said
Gujarat 'ka karz pura ho chuka hai, desh ka karz pura kijiye (You
have fulfilled the debt of Gujarat. Now fulfill your debt to the
country)'. I said it is not my debt alone and every citizen has to
fulfill the country's debt," Modi told the news channel.
Modi said that the media had expertise in giving a spin to
"We have been RSS workers since childhood and have been told from
childhood to do something for the country. If we clean villages
with a broom, we feel we are doing something for the country. We
do something to serve the poor in Gujarat, we feel we are serving
the nation," Modi said.
He said citizens should have a feeling that whatever they do, it
is for the country.
"We need to create the atmosphere that everyone should work
thinking they are serving the nation," Modi said, and added that
the country would not function if people start thinking that they
can serve the country only by holding a post.
Modi, who has often been in the line of fire of the Congress, said
such attacks would only benefit his party.
"What I had said during the Gujarat elections, I will repeat. 'Jitna
kichad uchhala jayega, utna hi kamal khilega (the more mud is
hurled, the more the lotus will bloom)," he said.
The lotus is the BJP's election symbol.