On the occasion of Narendra Modi's 69th birthday on Tuesday (17 September), cricketer-turned-politician Gautam Gambhir was among those who extended wishes to the prime minister.
The BJP MP from the East Delhi constituency said that Modi gave the Parliament the same respect he accorded his mother and called him the 'the honour of the country'.
संसद और माँ को एक ही दर्जा दिया है, सिर्फ उनके सामने अपना सर झुकाया है, ऐसे प्रधानमंत्री पर हमें अभिमान है, नरेन्द्र मोदी जी देश के सम्मान हैं.
प्रधानमंत्री @narendramodi जी को जन्मदिन की हार्दिक शुभकामनाएँ. pic.twitter.com/dgDvpHCFG8
— Gautam Gambhir (@GautamGambhir) September 17, 2019
Earlier, several political leaders had greeted Modi, including Vice President M Venkaiah Naidu, defence minister Rajnath Singh and home minister Amit Shah.
In his message, Naidu said that under Modi's "effective leadership", the nation was steady progress.
— VicePresidentOfIndia (@VPSecretariat) September 17, 2019
Describing the prime minister as a strong-willed leader and a symbol of decisive leadership and hard work, home minister Amit Shah lauded Modi for his economic reforms. "Under your leadership, an emerging India has made a mark in the world as a strong, safe and reliable nation," Shah tweeted.
विकास के साथ-साथ भारतीय संस्कृति को और अधिक समृद्ध करने में मोदी जी का अभूतपूर्ण योगदान है। मोदी जी ने एक रिफार्मिस्ट के रूप में न सिर्फ राजनीति को नई दिशा प्रदान की बल्कि आर्थिक सुधारों के साथ-साथ दशकों से चली आ रही समस्याओं का स्थायी समाधान निकालकर सभी को गौरवान्वित किया। — Amit Shah (@AmitShah) September 17, 2019
Defence minister Rajnath Singh extended his greetings and said that the prime minister has been instrumental in building and strengthening India's position in the "comity of nations".
Greetings and warm wishes to PM Shri @narendramodi on his birthday. He has been instrumental in building and strengthening India’s position in the comity of nations. His visionary leadership has helped India in scaling new heights of glory. I pray for his good health & long life. — Rajnath Singh (@rajnathsingh) September 16, 2019
"His visionary leadership has helped India in scaling new heights of glory. I pray for his good health and long life," the defence ministry tweeted.
External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar also extended his wishes to Modi on his 69th birthday and termed his leadership an "inspiration for all".
Heartfelt birthday wishes to our Prime Minister @narendramodi. Your leadership in building a #NewIndia has been an inspiration to all of us. Pray for your long and healthy life as we all work together towards achieving this vision.#HappyBdayPMModi
— Dr. S. Jaishankar (@DrSJaishankar) September 17, 2019
"Heartfelt birthday wishes to our Prime Minister Narendra Modi. Your leadership in building a New India has been an inspiration to all of us. Pray for your long and healthy life as we all work together towards achieving this vision," tweeted Jaishankar.
Assam chief minister Sarbananda Sonowal referred to Modi as the "architect of New India" whose leadership has "shattered enemies".
I join millions in wishing a very happy birthday to PM @narendramodi ji.
The architect of #NewIndia, Modi ji's leadership has put India's assertive footprint in the global arena & shattered our enemies. We're honoured to be a part of this great transformation. #HappyBdayPMModi pic.twitter.com/AvOSpWsejb
— Sarbananda Sonowal (@sarbanandsonwal) September 17, 2019
Opposition leaders were not far behind in conveying their wishes to the prime minister. Congress leader Rahul Gandhi wished him "good health and happiness" on Twitter.
My best wishes to Narendra Modi Ji on his 69th birthday. May he be blessed with good health and happiness always🌈@narendramodi
— Rahul Gandhi (@RahulGandhi) September 17, 2019
Congress president Sonia Gandhi too extended her greetings to Modi on his birthday, wishing him a healthy, happy and long life.
"Congress President Sonia Gandhi has extended her greetings to Prime Minister Narendra Modi on his birthday. She wishes him a healthy, happy and long life," a party statement said.
West Bengal chief minister Mamata Banerjee also wished the prime minister:
Birthday greetings to Prime Minister @narendramodi ji
প্রধানমন্ত্রী নরেন্দ্র মোদিজী কে জন্মদিনের শুভেচ্ছা
— Mamata Banerjee (@MamataOfficial) September 17, 2019
Mamata, who is likely to meet Modi in New Delhi on Wednesday for discussions on administrative issues, took to Twitter and said, "Birthday greetings to Prime Minister Narendra Modi ji."
The TMC chief has been one of the vocal critics of the BJP and Modi.
JD(S) supremo HD Deve Gowda greeted the prime minister, wishing him good health and prosperity.
"I wish Narendra Modi a very happy birthday. May God bless you with good health and prosperity," the former prime minister said on Twitter.
Delhi chief minister and AAP leader Arvind Kejriwal, too, tweeted his wishes to the prime minister.
Happy birthday to Hon'ble PM Shri @narendramodi ji. We wish him a long and healthy life.
— Arvind Kejriwal (@ArvindKejriwal) September 17, 2019
Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) leader Mayawati also extended greetings to Modi. "Hearty wishes to Prime Minister Narendra Modi on his 69th birthday," she wrote on Twitter.
प्रधानमंत्री श्री नरेन्द्र मोदी जी को उनके 69वें जन्मदिन के शुभ अवसर पर हार्दिक बधाई व शुभकामनाएं तथा उनके दीर्घायु होने की कुदरत से प्रार्थना।
— Mayawati (@Mayawati) September 17, 2019
Rajasthan chief minister Ashok Gehlot took to Twitter to convey his wishes.
"My best wishes and greetings to Prime Minister Narendra Modi on his birthday. May he be blessed with healthy, happy and long life," Gehlot tweeted.
Leaders of various regional parties wished the prime minister.
Greeting Modi on his birthday, Tamil Nadu Governor Banwarilal Purohit and other leaders from the state hailed his 'pragmatic' approach and 'devoted' service to the nation and wished him a long healthy life.
"Please accept my heartiest greetings and best wishes on the joyous occasion of your birthday. May almighty God bless you with good health and strength to serve our nation and the people," said Tamil Nadu chief minister K Palaniswami.
Odisha chief minister Naveen Patnaik extended his warm wishes to the prime minister.
Warm birthday wishes to Prime Minister @narendramodi ji. May you be blessed with a long and healthy life.
— Naveen Patnaik (@Naveen_Odisha) September 17, 2019
Meanwhile, Governor Jagdeep Dhankhar also extended his greetings to the prime minister, saying the nation is scaling new heights under Modi's leadership.
Tibetan spiritual leader Dalai Lama wrote a letter, congratulating the prime minister for the "growing confidence you have brought about". The Dalai Lama added that Indian traditions of 'ahimsa' and 'karuna' are necessary in today's world.
"As a long time guest of India, and as someone who cares deeply about this country, I congratulate you on the growing confidence you have brought about. India's success not only benefits the people of India but also greatly contributes to the development of the world as a whole," he wrote.
On his 68th birthday in 2018, Modi was in his Lok Sabha constituency of Varanasi with school children. He visited a primary school to celebrate his birthday with students and later offered prayers at the Kashi Vishwanath temple there.
With inputs from PTI
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Updated Date: Sep 17, 2019 21:15:39 IST