Prime Minister Narendra Modi celebrated his 66th birthday today with his mother Hiraba as also the tribals and specially-challenged people while receiving greetings from President Pranab Mukherjee, Vice- President Hamid Ansari, Congress leader Rahul Gandhi and a host of other national and foreign leaders.
Modi, who was born on this day in 1950 in Vadnagar area of Gujarat, began his day by meeting his 97-year-old mother in Raysan area of Gandhinagar and seeking her blessings. His mother lives with his brother Pankaj Modi.
The Prime Minister drove to his mother's place in a single car without any escort or any official, PMO sources said. He spent around 25 minutes with her before returning to Raj Bhavan where he is staying.
Later, he attended two programmes and interacted with tribals and specially-challenged people.
Through the day, Modi received birthday greetings from the President, the Vice President, his ministerial colleagues, other political leaders from various hues, film personalities and sports personalities also wished him on the occasion.
"Let this day be the beginning of a year of greater achievements in your and our nation's life. May the Almighty bless you with good health, happiness and many more years of dedicated service to the nation," said the President.
PM Modi thanked him for the wishes.
I thank Honourable Rashtrapati ji for his kind birthday greetings. @RashtrapatiBhvn— Narendra Modi (@narendramodi) September 17, 2016
On the occasion, PM Modi met his mother Heeraben at their Gandhinagar residence in Gujarat.
Vice-President Hamid Ansari - who is in Venezuela - wished PM Modi on the phone, as did Nepalese Prime Minister Pushpa Kamal Dahal, who is on a visit to India.
Chief Justice of India, TS Thakur met PM Modi at Raj Bhawan in Gandhinagar to greet him, official sources said.
"Best wishes to Prime Minister from me and the people of Chhattisgarh on his birthday; India is fast moving ahead under him. India is reaching new heights under the Prime Minister's leadership. We hope his programmes benefit the public even more. Heartiest birthday wishes to him," Chhattisgarh Chief Minister Raman Singh told ANI.
Twitter was flooded with good wishes for the 66-year-old Prime Minister. Some celebrities sent their wishes to the My Modi app, while others took to social media to wish him. Take a look:
Vijender Singh (@boxervijender) September 17, 2016
@narendramodi Wish u a very Happy Birthday sir 🙏🙏— Saina Nehwal (@NSaina) September 17, 2016
Heartiest greetings to Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi on his birthday. I wish him a long life and many years in service of the country.— Sushma Swaraj (@SushmaSwaraj) September 17, 2016
Happy 66th birthday to Mr. Modi @narendramodi Wish you the best of health and may you carry forward the good work...— Shikhar Dhawan (@SDhawan25) September 17, 2016
Wishing our Honourable Prime Minister Shri @narendramodi Ji a very Happy birthday.— Riteish Deshmukh (@Riteishd) September 17, 2016
Best wishes to the Prime Minister Narendra Modiji on his birthday @narendramodi— Office of RG (@OfficeOfRG) September 17, 2016
Celebrities greet PM on the My Modi app
The messages on the My Modi app will go live later today. The senders are expected to receive a personalised 'Thank You' video within 2 hours. Here are the some of the messages:
Amitabh Bachchan, Bollywood actor
"I first met you at your CM residence, Gujarat to seek tax exemption for Pa. An ordinary house, an ordinary room...you said let's watch the fi lm, took me along to a theatre and saw the film. Spoke a bit about Gujarat tourism... and Surprise, within a week Gujarat tourism offi cials were at my home in Mumbai to speak to me...and within a few days work started".
Anil Ambani, Chairman of Reliance Infrastructure
"I recall the first time I met Narendrabhai in the 1990s when my father Dhirubhai Ambani invited him home for dinner. At the end of the conversation, Papa remarked: "Lambi race no ghodo chhe, leader chhe, PM banse - he's a thoroughbred for the long run, a true leader, he will be prime minister. In the words of my father, Narendrabhai "dreams with his eyes open" and with Arjuna like clarity of vision and purpose".
Aamir Khan, Bollywood actor
"I always pray that your health always remains fine and you get all your desired happiness. This year has been more memorable for you compared to your earlier years".
Lata Mangeshkar, singer
"You were opposed a lot but you have kept on walking on the path of truth. The whole world in the grip of violence but I am sure your policies will win over this violence".
Sunil Bharti Mittal, Chairman of the International Chamber of Commerce
"The last couple of years have been quite revealing. Under a visionary leader, India's potential, which was never quite in doubt, has suddenly found new meaning, and more importantly, acceptance and respect among global audiences at the highest level. The eloquence with which the PM communicated India's vision for the world...the way his charismatic statesmanship gets applauded, it makes each and every Indian proud".
Cyrus P Mistry, Chairman of the Tata Group
"One of my first meetings I had, along with Mr Ratan Tata, after assuming a new role in Tata group in 2012, was with Mr Narendra Modi. I remember going into the meeting thinking that this would entail the standard exchange of pleasantries. That day, I came out of the meeting having learnt an important lesson in leadership".
-With PTI inputs