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BJP kicks off PM Modi’s birthday celebrations from Varanasi

While the PM will dedicate Sardar Sarovar Dam to the nation at Kevadia in Gujarat on his birthday, the Union government will observe the day as ‘Seva Diwas’ (Day of Service).

india Updated: Sep 16, 2017 19:21 IST
HT Correspondent
HT Correspondent
Hindustan Times, Varanasi
BJP workers put up a cut-out of the Prime Minister at a government school in Varanasi, Modi’s constituency.(HT Photo)

The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) kicked off Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s birthday celebrations with functions at schools in his Lok Sabha constituency, Varanasi in Uttar Pradesh on Saturday.

Modi turns 67 on Sunday.

Events were organised by party’s state unit at 129 state-run schools, adopted by the party, across the constituency where party leaders gave lectures on “public welfare schemes and achievements” of the Modi government besides distributing gift packs of sweets and stationary. The leaders got students to pledge their commitments to cleanliness campaign – Swachh Bharat Abhiyan. A photograph of PM Modi was mandatory to be placed at the venue.

“It is for the first time when a top leader’s birthday is being linked to a cause as great as cleanliness. All of us have to adopt schools and organise awareness programmes there,” said Chandra Mohan, UP BJP spokesperson.

Elsewhere in the state, the party will celebrations at schools, especially those adopted by BJP leaders, on September 18 (Monday).

“The party has decided to hold it a day after since the birthday is on Sunday,” said BJP UP general secretary Vijay Bahadur Pathak who will celebrate the day at a primary school he adopted in Azamgarh. Chief minister Yogi Adityanath would be in Varanasi on Sunday to launch cleanliness campaign on the occasion while deputy CMs Keshav Maurya Dinesh Sharma too would lead government celebrations in Bareilly and Jhansi.

In Madhya Pradesh, BJP MPs, MLAs and other leaders would organise ‘Swachta Rally’ with school students on Saturday. During the rally, BJP leaders and students wsill clean the roads with brooms. The leaders would also visit schools and inform the students about the schemes launched by the Modi government.

“We will celebrate the birthday of Prime Minister Narendra Modi with school students. The students will be taught about the importance of cleanliness at their school,” said BJP MP from Bhopal Alok Sanjar.

While Modi will dedicate Sardar Sarovar Dam to the nation at Kevadia in Gujarat on his birthday, the Union government will observe the day as ‘Seva Diwas’ (Day of Service) which will mark activities including building twin pit toilets, ‘shramdaan’ or voluntary work, and sanitation drives.

In Chhattisgarh, Union minister, SmritI Irani will lead the birthday celebrations focussing on Swachta Rally and in Rajasthan, medical camps and plantation drives would mark Seva Diwas on Sunday. Union MHRD minister Prakash Javadekar will be in Maharashtra while Minister of Social Justice and Empowerment Thawar Chand Gehlot will be in Rajasthan along with the chief minister Vasundhra Raje to lead the celebrations.

(With inputs from Lucknow, Jaipur, Chhattisgarh and Bhopal)

First Published: Sep 16, 2017 19:21 IST