Birla bats for Modi as PM

via Rathin Das | Ahmedabad - Daily Pioneer published on October 22, 2009

On a day EVMs in three States across the country brought only bad news for the BJP, yet another industrialist mooted the idea of Narendra Modi as the future Prime Minister.

It was BK Birla of the Century Textiles who said on Thursday that Chief Minister Narendra Modi should become the Prime Minister of India.

BK Birla, Chairman of Century Textiles Industries Ltd, is the country’s third corporate honcho to see Modi as the future Prime Minister.

Earlier this year, Sunil Mittal and Anil Ambani had said Modi should become the Prime Minister so that country as a whole can grow the way Gujarat has developed under his Chief Ministership.

Ironically, Birla said this at the inauguration of the group’s new textile mill on Thursday at Jhagadiya in south Gujarat. “Narendra Modi should be the Prime Minister of India,” Birla said.

Quick to react, Modi too seized the opportunity to make a dig at reporters and retorted that the mediapersons have got their day’s news. “It would be headline tomorrow,” Modi predicted.

The MoU for the Rs 815 crore textile mill was signed at the 2007 Vibrant Gujarat Investors meet, similar to the one in 2009 when Anil Ambani and Sunil Mittal had praised Modi as Prime Ministerial material.

BJP leader Arun Shourie too had mooted the idea of Modi as PM on the eve of the Lok Sabha election this year.

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