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Narendra Modi or Rahul Gandhi? Azim Premji chooses to steer clear of controversy

Wipro chairman hopes that 'election distraction' does not set in 'earlier than it's required'.

Written by PTI | Bangalore | Published: April 19, 2013 6:00:23 pm

Whose development model — Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi’s or Congress vice president Rahul Gandhi’s — he thinks will work for India? Well,IT czar Azim Premji clearly chose to duck the “googly” and steer clear of any controversy.

When a reporter wanted to know his views on “what model will really work for India” in the context of the debate over the “development agenda” of Modi and Rahul,the Chairman of Wipro Ltd refused to offer any comment.

With a mischievous smile,he said: “No,I don’t want to express any views because that (my comments) will be the headline of this entire press conference (convened to announce the financial results of the company),” evoking peals of laughter in the hall,which also had scores of Wipro employees.

To another question,he said the government was implementing majority of reforms but the areas causing a little concern related to large projects — the inter-ministerial committee on large projects can move faster in terms of execution which would have important “filter-down effect”.

He also hoped that “election distraction” does not set in “earlier than it’s required”,noting that general elections are a year away.

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