New Delhi: Prime Minister Narendra Modi turned 71 on Friday (September 17) and birthday greetings poured in from President Ram Nath Kovind, Vice President M Venkaiah Naidu and various leaders across parties while Bharatiya Janta Party (BJP) leaders hailed his leadership.
BJP president J P Nadda launched a mega 20-day public outreach, “Seva aur Samarpan”, to mark the prime minister”s birthday and it will continue till October 7 to also commemorate his 20 years in public life, including the period when he served as Gujarat chief minister.
In his greetings, Nadda hailed Modi as the most popular leader of the world, and said he is dedicated to the progress of the most deprived person in society and symbolises foresighted and decisive leadership besides tireless efforts.
Wishing him a long and healthy life, President Kovind hoped that Modi may continue to serve the nation with his spirit of relentless service.
Vice President Venkaiah Naidu said Modi’s exceptional vision, exemplary leadership and dedicated service have led to an all-around growth of the nation.
He also said amid challenges in the last one year, his efforts to encourage the spirit of self-reliance has borne fruits.
A number of opposition leaders, including Rahul Gandhi of the Congress, Sharad Pawar of the NCP and Maharashtra Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray, also extended wishes to Modi.
Pawar tweeted, “Warm Birthday Wishes to Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi Ji. I wish him good health and happiness.”
Gandhi said, “Happy birthday, Modi ji.”
The Dalai Lama also wished the prime minister and congratulated him on the growing confidence he had brought among the people, despite challenges such as the COVID-19 pandemic.
In his letter to the prime minster, the Dalai Lama also said that as the most populous democratic nation in the world, India’s success benefits not only the people of the country, but also contributes to the development of the world as a whole.
“For us Tibetans living in exile, India is not only our spiritual refuge, but for more than 62 years has also been our physical home. May I again take the opportunity to offer our deep gratitude to the government and people of India for the warm and generous hospitality we have received.” In conclusion, the spiritual leader offered his prayers and good wishes.”
Born in Gujarat in 1950, Modi joined Hindutva organisation Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) at an early age and was later drafted into the BJP.
Made Gujarat chief minister in 2001, Modi has never suffered an electoral setback when votes were cast on his leadership, leading the BJP to power in the state for three consecutive terms and then at the Centre back to back in 2014 and 2019.