Punjab chief minister Parkash Singh Badal on Monday turned 87 and celebrated his birthday with school students and party workers.
Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD) workers also joined the five-time chief minister at various functions organised in Gidderabaha and his native village Badal in Muktsar district to mark the occasion.
Badal, who was in the school at Gidderbaha to preside over its foundation day, was accorded a warm welcome by the school management, which had also organised a special programme to celebrate his birthday.
Speaking on the occasion, the chief minister exhorted the students to work hard to achieve success in life.
The education was the foundation of the socio-economic progress and it was the sole key through which the students from rural areas could compete with their peers across the globe, he said.
At another school in Gidderabaha, Badal also cut the birthday cake, which was distributed amongst the students.
Early in the morning, the chief minister was felicitated by the party workers at his ancestral home in village Badal.
Modi, Jaitley, Advani, felicitate Badal on birthday
Meanwhile, PM Narendra Modi too wished Parkash Singh Badal on his birthday
Prime Minister specially called up chief minster in the latter's ancestral village, Badal, from Delhi to "wish him a long life and many, many more years of service to the people and the country .
Union Finance Minister Arun Jaitley and BJP senior leader, Lal Krishan Advani also greeted PM along with leaders from region.
sharing this information with media, Advisor on National Affairs Harcharan Bains said that the Chief Minister was thronged by party workers, cabinet colleagues and leaders who came to offer best wishes to him at his residence in ancestral village
Badal has thanked the people "for the love and good will showered on him by them throughout his life."I have been deeply moved by your love and affection and will always continue to be worthy of it," stated the Press release.