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Indian President Shri Pranab Mukherjee (L), U.S. President Barack Obama and Indian Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi (R) talk as they attend the 66th Republic Day reception at Rashtrapati Bhavan in New Delhi, India on January 26, 2015. UPI
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Narendra Damodardas Modi (Gujarati: નરેન્દ્ર દામોદરદાસ મોદી, pronounced ; born 17 September 1950) is the current Chief Minister of the Indian state of Gujarat.

Born in a middle class family in Vadnagar, a member of Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh since childhood, and an active politician since early in life having a masters degree in political science. In 1998, he was chosen by the leader of the BJP, L K Advani to direct the election campaign in Gujarat as well as Himachal Pradesh.

He became Gujarat's Chief Minister in October 2001, promoted to the office at a time when his predecessor Keshubhai Patel had resigned, following the defeat of BJP in the by-elections.

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