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PM Narendra Modi turns 67, India wishes him on his birthday

Prime Minister Narendra Modi celebrated his 67th birthday on Sunday. People across India took to social media to greet the Prime Minister on his birthday.

india Updated: Sep 17, 2017 10:26 IST
HT Correspondent
HT Correspondent
Hindustan Times, New Delhi
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Students from Gurukul School of Art in Mumbai draw a painting of PM Narendra Modi to wish him on his birthday.(Anshuman Poyrekar/HT Photo)

People from all walks of life, including Union ministers, political leaders, Bollywood actors and the public, greeted Prime Minister Narendra Modi on his 67th birthday on Sunday.

Modi was born to Hiraba and Damodardas Modi in Vadnagar in Gujarat’s Mehsana district on September 17, 1950.

Modi started his day by taking blessings of his 97-year-old mother Hiraba, who lives with his younger brother Pankaj at Raisan village near state capital Gandhinagar.

The Prime Minister, who arrived in Ahmedabad on Saturday night, drove to his younger brother’s residence at Vrindavan Bungalows on the outskirts of Gandhinagar on Sunday morning and took blessings of his mother.

Modi spent around 20 minutes with his mother, and also interacted with children of the locality after coming out of his brother’s home.

Wishing Modi a happy birthday, finance minister Arun Jaitley said the day would be spent as Seva Divas.

Home minister Rajnath Singh wished Modi on his birthday, and said his leadership has immensely benefitted the nation. “I pray for his long and healthy life,” he tweeted.

Greeting Modi, BJP president Amit Shah said the Prime Minister has been constantly striving towards making India a world leader again. He wished Modi the best of health and a long life so that he could continue serving the nation.

Shah said people across India will be observing the day as Seva Divas, and that he would be on a visit to Jharkhand where he would take part in a number of programmes to help people.

Smriti Irani, the Union minister of textiles and information and broadcasting, greeted Modi, calling him a “visionary leader and an able administrator” She said the Prime Minister was an “inspiration to millions”.

Commerce and industry minister Suresh Prabhu wished Modi and prayed for his “long,healthy life” so that he continues to serve the country and realise the “dream” of New India.

Piyush Goyal, the minister of railways and coal, also posted birthday greetings for Modi, calling him a “visionary and a symbol of hope, aspiration, and optimism for 125 crore Indians”.

The BJP also wished Modi on his birthday, and said people wanting to wish the Prime Minister could also create a birthday card.

Other people like science and technology and environment minister Harsh Vardhan, actor Anupam Kher, Puducherry Lt Gov Kiran Bedi, Madhya Pradesh chief minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan, Chhattisgarh CM Raman Singh, Rajasthan CM Vasundhara Raje also wished the Prime Minister.

On Sunday, the Prime Minister will dedicate the Sardar Sarovar Dam to the nation, and also address public meetings at Dabhoi and Amreli.

To mark the day, the BJP will observe Seva Divas across the country with party leaders attending medical camps, blood donation events, and taking part in cleanliness drives.

(With agency inputs)

First Published: Sep 17, 2017 09:10 IST