Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Friday said he considers himself an outsider in politics and that he is not a politician from within.
â€œI entered politics rather late. A lot of people are not able to accept it,â€ he said during an interaction with students in his â€˜Pariksha pe Charchaâ€ programme here.
â€œI am in the political system but I am not a politician by nature. My nature is to do something.â€
The remark came when he was asked by a Class 11 student if he was ready for his board exams â€“ the next Lok Sabha election.
Modi said he had the â€œblessingsâ€ of 1.25 crore Indians and election results were just a â€œby-productâ€ of the work he does.
â€œAre you prepared for your exam or are you a bit nervous?â€ asked Dilip, a student from Delhiâ€™s Jawahar Navodaya Vidyalaya.
Modi responded: â€œI always believe that you keep studying, trying to learn, and keep all focus on learning. Make the student inside you as energetic as possible. Make this your lifestyleâ€¦ Exam, result and marks should be a by-product.
â€œYou have done your work, the result will come. If you go by marks, you may not achieve what we really wantâ€¦ I work on the same principle in politics.
â€œAll my time, energy and strength and mental capability, all should be spent on the 1.25 crore Indians. Elections will come and go, they are all by-products,â€ he said.
Modi added: â€œOur situation is such that you have exams once in a year, we have exams 24 hours in a day.â€
He recalled how the Jana Sangh, the predecessor of the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), lost all the seats in a Gujarat election.
â€œThey had 103 candidates. Whoever wanted to fight was given ticket. Out of 103, the security deposit of 99 was forfeited.
â€œFour candidates survived. With their deposit money, they had a party and distributed sweets.â€
He quoted a line from a poem of former Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee â€“ â€˜haar nahi manungaâ€™ (I will not accept defeat).
â€œEveryone should have such thinking,â€ Modi added.