Ahmedabad: Leading Indian businessman Anil Ambani showered praise on Gujarat chief minister Narendra Modi at the Vibrant Gujarat summit on Friday.
Other business leaders present at the summit were more or less clinical in their praise and none of them broached on the topic of Modi being seen as a future Prime Minister.
Anil, who was one of the first speakers at the summit, mentioned four significant dates in the history of Gujarat.
"October 2, 1869, Porbandar, Gujarat - the birth of Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi, the father of the nation; October 31, 1875, Nariyal, Gujarat - the birth of Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel, India's man of steel; December 28, 1932, Chorwad, Gujarat - the birth of Dhirubhai Ambani, India's greatest entrepreneur; and September 17, 1950, Vadnagar, Gujarat - the birth of Narendra Modi," he said.
"Whatever the Mahatma said has been practised by Narendrabhai in the last 12 years. To the Mahatma, leadership meant bridging the gap between theory and practice and Narendrabhai did that. Sardar Patel sacrificed personal gains for a greater national good, Narendrabhai did that. Dhirubhai embodied vision and leadership, he dreamt with his eyes open. Narendrabhai dreams with his eyes open, his mind is open to new ideas," he added.
Mukesh Ambani, Anil's elder brother and chairman of Reliance Industries, said: "In Narendra Bhai, we have a leader with a grand vision."
"Earlier, I had said that it would be stupid to not be in Gujarat, But I was only stupid that apart from the Tata Chemicals investment made before we were not here. But now Tata group has committed to invest or invested Rs. 34000 crore here," Tata group Chairman Emeritus Ratan Tata said.