Prime Minister Narendra Modi turned 70 on Thursday, a landmark birthday that saw greetings pour in from across the world and country with the president and vice president joining international leaders and leading politicians in wishing him and lauding his contribution.
The ruling BJP organised nationwide events, mainly aimed at public service, to celebrate the birthday of its charismatic and most successful leader with party president J P Nadda releasing a book, “Lord of Records”, which highlights 243 “unprecedented” achievements of the Modi government.
Russian President Vladimir Putin, German Chancellor Angela Merkel, Nepal’s Prime Minister K P Sharma Oli and Bhutanese Prime Minister Lotay Tshering were among the world leaders who extended wishes to Modi.
Putin lauded Modi’s personal contribution to the strengthening of strategic partnership between India and Russia while Oli spoke of continuing to work closely together towards strengthening bilateral relations, in their messages to the Indian prime minister.
Back home, leaders from across the political spectrum offered their wishes to Modi, who is celebrating his sixth straight birthday as prime minister after taking over in 2014.
He acknowledged birthday messages from national and world leaders and also thanked many others for their wishes.
Wishing the prime minister, President Ram Nath Kovind said, “Prime Minister Narendra Modi Ji congratulations on your birthday and best wishes. You have presented an ideal in showing commitment to India’s life values and democratic traditions.”
“My compliments and prayers that the almighty keeps you healthy and joyous always, and the country keeps getting your valuable services,” he said.
Vice President M Venkaiah Naidu said Modi has made tireless efforts to take the country to new heights and asserted that his work will pave the way for India to become self-reliant.
Congress leader Rahul Gandhi wished Modi a happy birthday.
Home Minister Amit Shah said Modi is loved by everyone. The prime minister, he said, connected deprived sections of the society with mainstream of development.
Shah said Modi has dedicated his entire life for the welfare of the country and is laying the foundation of strong and self-reliant India.
Defence Minister Rajnath Singh said India has benefited tremendously from his astute leadership, firm conviction and decisive action.
“He has been working assiduously towards empowering the poor and marginalised. Praying for his good health and long life,” Singh said.
NCP president Sharad Pawar wished an abundance of good health and happiness to Modi.
Several chief ministers, including Mamata Banerjee of West Bengal also wished the prime minister.