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Interview: Chidambaram on Modi, Rahul Gandhi and becoming PM

By Reuters Staff
October 8, 2013

By John Chalmers, Frank Jack Daniel and Manoj Kumar

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P. Chidambaram, now in his third stint as finance minister, spoke to Reuters about Narendra Modi and the 2014 elections in an interview on Monday ahead of a trip to the United States. Here are edited excerpts from the interview:

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