Narendra Damodardas Modi has been the chief minister of Gujarat since October 2001. He was promoted to office at a time when his predecessor Keshubhai Patel had resigned, following the defeat of BJP in the by-elections. Despite the criticism on his government surrounding the 2002 Gujarat violence, Modi enjoys considerable support in his home state and is credited with the high economic growth there.
India's main opposition Hindu nationalist Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leader Narendra Modi, center, speaks during a campaign rally for the upcoming state elections in Bangalore, India, Sunday, April 28, 2013. The southern Indian state of Karnataka will go to the polls on May 5, 2013. There are 41.8 million voters in the state and as many as 50,446 polling stations will be set up ahead of the polls. BJP elevated Modi, a deeply divisive figure in Indian politics, to the party's top decision-making body last month.
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