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Narendra Modi, prime ministerial candidate for Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), addresses his party supporters during a rally in Bhopal September 25, 2013. REUTERS/Raj Patidar/Files

Narendra Modi, prime ministerial candidate for Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), addresses his party supporters during a rally in Bhopal September 25, 2013. REUTERS/Raj Patidar/Files

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Gujarat's chief minister Narendra Modi, the prime ministerial candidate for Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) addresses a rally in Patna October 27, 2013. REUTERS/Krishna Murari Kishan

Gujarat's chief minister Narendra Modi, the prime ministerial candidate for Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) addresses a rally in Patna October 27, 2013. REUTERS/Krishna Murari Kishan

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Gujarat's chief minister Narendra Modi, the prime ministerial candidate for Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) speaks during a convocation ceremony at Pandit Deendayal Petroleum University (PDPU), a school of petroleum management, at Gandhinagar in Gujarat October 19, 2013. REUTERS/Amit Dave/Files

Gujarat's chief minister Narendra Modi, the prime ministerial candidate for Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) speaks during a convocation ceremony at Pandit Deendayal Petroleum University (PDPU), a school of petroleum management, at Gandhinagar in Gujarat October 19, 2013. REUTERS/Amit Dave/Files

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A supporter of India's main opposition Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) dances to celebrate before Hindu nationalist Narendra Modi was crowned as the prime ministerial candidate for the BJP outside the party headquarters in New Delhi September 13, 2013. REUTERS/Anindito Mukherjee/Files

A supporter of India's main opposition Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) dances to celebrate before Hindu nationalist Narendra Modi was crowned as the prime ministerial candidate for the BJP outside the party headquarters in New Delhi September 13, 2013. REUTERS/Anindito Mukherjee/Files

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An activist of India's main opposition Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) carries a hoarding featuring Hindu nationalist Narendra Modi (R) and Rajnath Singh, president of the BJP, during celebrations before Modi was crowned as the prime ministerial candidate for the party, in Jammu September 13, 2013. REUTERS/Mukesh Gupta/Files

An activist of India's main opposition Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) carries a hoarding featuring Hindu nationalist Narendra Modi (R) and Rajnath Singh, president of the BJP, during celebrations before Modi was crowned as the prime ministerial candidate for the party, in Jammu September 13, 2013. REUTERS/Mukesh Gupta/Files

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Supporters of Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) dance in celebration before Hindu nationalist Narendra Modi was crowned as the prime ministerial candidate for the party outside its party headquarters in New Delhi September 13, 2013. REUTERS/Anindito Mukherjee/Files

Supporters of Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) dance in celebration before Hindu nationalist Narendra Modi was crowned as the prime ministerial candidate for the party outside its party headquarters in New Delhi September 13, 2013. REUTERS/Anindito Mukherjee/Files

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Narendra Modi (R, in vehicle) greets supporters as he arrives at the headquarters of Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) in New Delhi September 13, 2013. REUTERS/Anindito Mukherjee/Files

Narendra Modi (R, in vehicle) greets supporters as he arrives at the headquarters of Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) in New Delhi September 13, 2013. REUTERS/Anindito Mukherjee/Files

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Narendra Modi (center L) is congratulated by Rajnath Singh (center R), president of Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), after Modi was crowned as the prime ministerial candidate for the BJP at the party headquarters in New Delhi September 13, 2013. REUTERS/Anindito Mukherjee/Files

Narendra Modi (center L) is congratulated by Rajnath Singh (center R), president of Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), after Modi was crowned as the prime ministerial candidate for the BJP at the party headquarters in New Delhi September 13, 2013. REUTERS/Anindito Mukherjee/Files

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Narendra Modi (C) and Rajnath Singh (L), president of Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), greet party supporters after Modi was crowned as the prime ministerial candidate for the BJP at the party headquarters in New Delhi September 13, 2013. REUTERS/Anindito Mukherjee/Files

Narendra Modi (C) and Rajnath Singh (L), president of Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), greet party supporters after Modi was crowned as the prime ministerial candidate for the BJP at the party headquarters in New Delhi September 13, 2013. REUTERS/Anindito Mukherjee/Files

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Narendra Modi (2nd L) hugs Rajnath Singh (2nd R), president of Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), after Modi was crowned as the prime ministerial candidate for the BJP at the party headquarters in New Delhi September 13, 2013. REUTERS/Anindito Mukherjee/Files

Narendra Modi (2nd L) hugs Rajnath Singh (2nd R), president of Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), after Modi was crowned as the prime ministerial candidate for the BJP at the party headquarters in New Delhi September 13, 2013. REUTERS/Anindito Mukherjee/Files

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A supporter of Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) lights firecrackers to celebrate before Narendra Modi was crowned as the prime ministerial candidate for the BJP outside the party headquarters in New Delhi September 13, 2013. REUTERS/Ahmad Masood/Files

A supporter of Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) lights firecrackers to celebrate before Narendra Modi was crowned as the prime ministerial candidate for the BJP outside the party headquarters in New Delhi September 13, 2013. REUTERS/Ahmad Masood/Files

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A supporter (R) blows a conch shell during celebrations before Narendra Modi was crowned as the prime ministerial candidate for Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) outside the party headquarters in New Delhi September 13, 2013. REUTERS/Ahmad Masood/Files

A supporter (R) blows a conch shell during celebrations before Narendra Modi was crowned as the prime ministerial candidate for Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) outside the party headquarters in New Delhi September 13, 2013. REUTERS/Ahmad Masood/Files

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A supporter of Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) waves the party's flag during celebrations before Narendra Modi was crowned as the prime ministerial candidate for the BJP outside the party headquarters in New Delhi September 13, 2013. REUTERS/Ahmad Masood/Files

A supporter of Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) waves the party's flag during celebrations before Narendra Modi was crowned as the prime ministerial candidate for the BJP outside the party headquarters in New Delhi September 13, 2013. REUTERS/Ahmad Masood/Files

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An image of Narendra Modi is pasted on a drum during celebrations before Modi was crowned as the prime ministerial candidate for Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), outside its party headquarters in New Delhi September 13, 2013. REUTERS/Ahmad Masood/Files

An image of Narendra Modi is pasted on a drum during celebrations before Modi was crowned as the prime ministerial candidate for Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), outside its party headquarters in New Delhi September 13, 2013. REUTERS/Ahmad Masood/Files

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Supporters of Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) light firecrackers to celebrate before Narendra Modi was crowned as the prime ministerial candidate for the BJP outside the party headquarters in New Delhi September 13, 2013. REUTERS/Ahmad Masood/Files

Supporters of Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) light firecrackers to celebrate before Narendra Modi was crowned as the prime ministerial candidate for the BJP outside the party headquarters in New Delhi September 13, 2013. REUTERS/Ahmad Masood/Files

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A supporter of Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) carries a cutout of Narendra Modi before he was crowned as the prime ministerial candidate for the BJP outside the party headquarters in New Delhi September 13, 2013. REUTERS/Ahmad Masood/Files

A supporter of Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) carries a cutout of Narendra Modi before he was crowned as the prime ministerial candidate for the BJP outside the party headquarters in New Delhi September 13, 2013. REUTERS/Ahmad Masood/Files

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A supporter of Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) lights firecrackers to celebrate before Narendra Modi was crowned as the prime ministerial candidate for the BJP outside the party headquarters in New Delhi September 13, 2013. REUTERS/Ahmad Masood/Files

A supporter of Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) lights firecrackers to celebrate before Narendra Modi was crowned as the prime ministerial candidate for the BJP outside the party headquarters in New Delhi September 13, 2013. REUTERS/Ahmad Masood/Files

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A supporter holds firecrackers and a poster of Narendra Modi during celebrations before Modi was crowned as the prime ministerial candidate for Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) outside its party headquarters in New Delhi September 13, 2013. REUTERS/Ahmad Masood/Files

A supporter holds firecrackers and a poster of Narendra Modi during celebrations before Modi was crowned as the prime ministerial candidate for Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) outside its party headquarters in New Delhi September 13, 2013. REUTERS/Ahmad Masood/Files

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A supporter of Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) shouts slogans while holding a poster during celebrations before Narendra Modi was crowned as the prime ministerial candidate for the BJP outside the party headquarters in New Delhi September 13, 2013. REUTERS/Ahmad Masood/Files

A supporter of Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) shouts slogans while holding a poster during celebrations before Narendra Modi was crowned as the prime ministerial candidate for the BJP outside the party headquarters in New Delhi September 13, 2013. REUTERS/Ahmad Masood/Files

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A supporter of Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) dances to celebrate before Narendra Modi was crowned as the prime ministerial candidate for the party, outside its party headquarters in New Delhi September 13, 2013. REUTERS/Ahmad Masood

A supporter of Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) dances to celebrate before Narendra Modi was crowned as the prime ministerial candidate for the party, outside its party headquarters in New Delhi September 13, 2013. REUTERS/Ahmad Masood

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Gujarat's chief minister Narendra Modi speaks during the "Vibrant Gujarat Summit" at Gandhinagar in Gujarat January 12, 2013. REUTERS/Amit Dave/Files

Gujarat's chief minister Narendra Modi speaks during the "Vibrant Gujarat Summit" at Gandhinagar in Gujarat January 12, 2013. REUTERS/Amit Dave/Files

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Gujarat's Chief Minister Narendra Modi speaks during the 29th annual session of Federation of Indian Chambers of Commerce and Industry (FICCI) Ladies Organisation in New Delhi April 8, 2013. REUTERS/Adnan Abidi/Files

Gujarat's Chief Minister Narendra Modi speaks during the 29th annual session of Federation of Indian Chambers of Commerce and Industry (FICCI) Ladies Organisation in New Delhi April 8, 2013. REUTERS/Adnan Abidi/Files

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Narendra Modi, prime ministerial candidate for Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) and Gujarat's chief minister addresses his party supporters during a rally in New Delhi September 29, 2013. REUTERS/Adnan Abidi/Files

Narendra Modi, prime ministerial candidate for Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) and Gujarat's chief minister addresses his party supporters during a rally in New Delhi September 29, 2013. REUTERS/Adnan Abidi/Files

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Supporters of Gujarat's Chief Minister Narendra Modi celebrate while holding posters and cut-outs of Modi in Ahmedabad June 9, 2013. REUTERS/Amit Dave/Files

Supporters of Gujarat's Chief Minister Narendra Modi celebrate while holding posters and cut-outs of Modi in Ahmedabad June 9, 2013. REUTERS/Amit Dave/Files

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Narendra Modi, chief minister of Gujarat state, gestures as he addresses his supporters during a felicitation ceremony outside the party office in Ahmedabad December 20, 2012. REUTERS/Amit Dave

Narendra Modi, chief minister of Gujarat state, gestures as he addresses his supporters during a felicitation ceremony outside the party office in Ahmedabad December 20, 2012. REUTERS/Amit Dave

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A supporter of India's main opposition Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) waves his party's flag as others light firecrackers while celebrating outside a vote counting centre in Ahmedabad December 20, 2012. REUTERS/Stringer

A supporter of India's main opposition Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) waves his party's flag as others light firecrackers while celebrating outside a vote counting centre in Ahmedabad December 20, 2012. REUTERS/Stringer

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A supporter of India's main opposition Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) holds his party's lotus symbol during a felicitation ceremony outside the party office in Ahmedabad December 20, 2012. REUTERS/Amit Dave

A supporter of India's main opposition Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) holds his party's lotus symbol during a felicitation ceremony outside the party office in Ahmedabad December 20, 2012. REUTERS/Amit Dave

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Narendra Modi, chief minister of Gujarat state, gestures on the podium during a felicitation ceremony outside the party office in Ahmedabad December 20, 2012. REUTERS/Amit Dave

Narendra Modi, chief minister of Gujarat state, gestures on the podium during a felicitation ceremony outside the party office in Ahmedabad December 20, 2012. REUTERS/Amit Dave

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A supporter of India's main opposition Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) holds a poster featuring Narendra Modi during a jubilation ceremony outside the party office in Ahmedabad December 20, 2012. REUTERS/Amit Dave

A supporter of India's main opposition Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) holds a poster featuring Narendra Modi during a jubilation ceremony outside the party office in Ahmedabad December 20, 2012. REUTERS/Amit Dave

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Supporter of India's main opposition Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) celebrate outside a vote counting centre in Ahmedabad December 20, 2012. REUTERS/Amit Dave

Supporter of India's main opposition Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) celebrate outside a vote counting centre in Ahmedabad December 20, 2012. REUTERS/Amit Dave

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A supporter of India's main opposition Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) holds a mask of Gujarat state chief minister Narendra Modi during a celebration outside a vote counting centre in Ahmedabad December 20, 2012. REUTERS/Amit Dave

A supporter of India's main opposition Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) holds a mask of Gujarat state chief minister Narendra Modi during a celebration outside a vote counting centre in Ahmedabad December 20, 2012. REUTERS/Amit Dave

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Gujarat's Chief Minister Narendra Modi shows a victory sign to his supporters during a road show for the assembly elections at Santroad, about 175 km (109 miles) east from Ahmedabad December 5, 2007. REUTERS/Amit Dave/Files

Gujarat's Chief Minister Narendra Modi shows a victory sign to his supporters during a road show for the assembly elections at Santroad, about 175 km (109 miles) east from Ahmedabad December 5, 2007. REUTERS/Amit Dave/Files

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Gujarat's Chief Minister, Narendra Modi, holds a sword before filing his nomination papers for the assembly elections in Ahmedabad November 28, 2007. REUTERS/Amit Dave/Files

Gujarat's Chief Minister, Narendra Modi, holds a sword before filing his nomination papers for the assembly elections in Ahmedabad November 28, 2007. REUTERS/Amit Dave/Files

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Gujarat's Chief Minister Narendra Modi attends a party meeting at Gandhinagar, about 25 km (16 miles) north from Ahmedabad, December 24, 2007. REUTERS/Amit Dave/Files

Gujarat's Chief Minister Narendra Modi attends a party meeting at Gandhinagar, about 25 km (16 miles) north from Ahmedabad, December 24, 2007. REUTERS/Amit Dave/Files

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Gujarat's Chief Minister Narendra Modi addresses an election campaign rally in Hyderabad April 6, 2009. REUTERS/Krishnendu Halder/Files

Gujarat's Chief Minister Narendra Modi addresses an election campaign rally in Hyderabad April 6, 2009. REUTERS/Krishnendu Halder/Files

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Narendra Modi, Chief Minister of Gujarat, waves to his party's supporters at an election campaign rally in Allahabad April 12, 2009. REUTERS/Jitendra Prakash/Files

Narendra Modi, Chief Minister of Gujarat, waves to his party's supporters at an election campaign rally in Allahabad April 12, 2009. REUTERS/Jitendra Prakash/Files

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Gujarat's Chief Minister Narendra Modi (C) holds a sword during an election campaign rally in Koderma district, about 175 km (110 miles) north of Ranchi April 13, 2009. REUTERS/Rajesh Kumar Sen/Files

Gujarat's Chief Minister Narendra Modi (C) holds a sword during an election campaign rally in Koderma district, about 175 km (110 miles) north of Ranchi April 13, 2009. REUTERS/Rajesh Kumar Sen/Files

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Gujarat's Chief Minister Narendra Modi gestures to the media after meeting with India's main opposition Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leader and prime ministerial candidate Lal Krishna Advani in New Delhi May 14, 2009. REUTERS/Adnan Abidi/Files

Gujarat's Chief Minister Narendra Modi gestures to the media after meeting with India's main opposition Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leader and prime ministerial candidate Lal Krishna Advani in New Delhi May 14, 2009. REUTERS/Adnan Abidi/Files

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Gujarat's Chief Minister Narendra Modi attends the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) national executive meeting in Indore February 17, 2010. REUTERS/Raj Patidar/Files

Gujarat's Chief Minister Narendra Modi attends the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) national executive meeting in Indore February 17, 2010. REUTERS/Raj Patidar/Files

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Gujarat's Chief Minister Narendra Modi wears an Indian traditional turban as he sits on the first day of his fast at a convention centre in Ahmedabad September 17, 2011. REUTERS/Amit Dave

Gujarat's Chief Minister Narendra Modi wears an Indian traditional turban as he sits on the first day of his fast at a convention centre in Ahmedabad September 17, 2011. REUTERS/Amit Dave

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Gujarat's Chief Minister Narendra Modi addresses a gathering in front of a portrait of Mahatma Gandhi during his day-long fast at Godhra in Gujarat January 20, 2012. REUTERS/Amit Dave

Gujarat's Chief Minister Narendra Modi addresses a gathering in front of a portrait of Mahatma Gandhi during his day-long fast at Godhra in Gujarat January 20, 2012. REUTERS/Amit Dave

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Gujarat state Chief Minister Narendra Modi gestures as he casts his vote during the second phase of state elections in Ahmedabad December 17, 2012. REUTERS/Gujarat Information Department/Handout

Gujarat state Chief Minister Narendra Modi gestures as he casts his vote during the second phase of state elections in Ahmedabad December 17, 2012. REUTERS/Gujarat Information Department/Handout

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