From selling tea at an obscure railway station to becoming the longest-serving Chief Minister of Gujarat and the poster-boy of BJP`s strident Hindutva ideology, Narendra Damodardas Modi has proved to be an astute strategist. The 57-year-old former RSS pracharak retained the reins of Gujarat as Chief Minister overcoming anti-incumbency, a united opposition onslaught and rebellion against his leadership from within BJP. What distinguishes Modi from others is his art to exploit the situations, be it the devastation that came in the form of the earthquake of 2001 and the Godhra carnage a year later.
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Modi addresses a press conference in Ahmedabad after pulling off a spectacular victory in the Assembly polls