PM Modi turns 70, wishes pour in
Prime Minister Narendra Modi turned 70 on Thursday, and wishes poured in for the BJP leader from top dignitaries, including President and Vice President, Union ministers and leaders from across the political divide.
The BJP is organising a number of events, mainly aimed at public service, across the country to celebrate Modi's birthday as 'Sewa Divas'.
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.
Wishing the prime minister, top BJP leaders said India's stature rose on the world stage under his leadership and his life dedicated to the welfare of the nation is an inspiration for them.
In a series of tweets, BJP president JP Nadda wished Modi, saying that under his leadership India moved swiftly on the path of progress and raised its stature at the world stage.
Modi's life is dedicated to nation building and he is an inspiration for all party workers, Nadda said.
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.
Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee also greeted Modi on his 70th birthday.
Banerjee, a strong critic of the prime minister, wished him a healthy and successful year.
"My greetings to the Hon'ble Prime Minister Shri @narendramodi Ji on his 70th Birthday. I wish him a healthy and successful year ahead," she tweeted.
The ruling BJP celebrates Modi's birthday as 'Sewa Diwas' and organises public welfare activities across the country for a week.
प्रधानमंत्री @narendramodi जी को जन्मदिन की हार्दिक बधाई और शुभकामनाएं। आपने भारत के जीवन-मूल्यों व लोकतांत्रिक परंपरा में निष्ठा का आदर्श प्रस्तुत किया है। मेरी शुभेच्छा और प्रार्थना है कि ईश्वर आपको सदा स्वस्थ व सानन्द रखे तथा राष्ट्र को आपकी अमूल्य सेवाएं प्राप्त होती रहें।— President of India (@rashtrapatibhvn) September 17, 2020
Wishing PM Narendra Modi ji a happy birthday.— Rahul Gandhi (@RahulGandhi) September 17, 2020
राष्ट्रसेवा और गरीब कल्याण के प्रति समर्पित देश के सर्वप्रिय नेता प्रधानमंत्री श्री @narendramodi जी को जन्मदिन की शुभकामनाएं।— Amit Shah (@AmitShah) September 17, 2020
मोदी जी के रूप में देश को एक ऐसा नेतृत्व मिला है जिसने लोक-कल्याणकारी नीतियों से वंचित वर्ग को विकास की मुख्यधारा से जोड़ा और एक मजबूत भारत की नींव रखी।
Greetings and warm wishes to PM Shri @narendramodi on his birthday. India has benefited tremendously from his astute leadership, firm conviction &decisive action. He has been working assiduously towards empowering the poor & marginalised. Praying for his good health and long life— Rajnath Singh (@rajnathsingh) September 17, 2020
My greetings to the Hon'ble Prime Minister Shri @narendramodi Ji on his 70th Birthday. I wish him a healthy and successful year ahead.— Mamata Banerjee (@MamataOfficial) September 17, 2020