PM Narendra Modi turned 68 on Monday, and headed to his Lok Sabha constituency Varanasi, Uttar Pradesh, to mark the occasion. Social media was abuzz since the morning, with birthday wishes pouring in from all quarters.
President Ram Nath Kovind, senior leaders from the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), prominent names from the opposition parties, and eminent Indians including film personalities and sportspersons were among those who wished him.
Here is what some of them posted on Twitter.
— President of India (@rashtrapatibhvn) September 17, 2018
Warm greetings to Shri @narendramodi on his birthday. Under his leadership India has grown tremendously and became the 6th largest economy of the world. He is a man of vision and action who is working assiduously to fulfil the dream of New India. I wish him good health &long life
— राजनाथ सिंह (@rajnathsingh) September 17, 2018
Happy Birthday to our PM, Narendra Modi ji! Wishing him good health and happiness always.@narendramodi
— Rahul Gandhi (@RahulGandhi) September 17, 2018
Warm birthday compliments to the dynamic & illustrious Prime Minister of India, Shri Narendra Modi ji. I wish him good health and a long life. May he continue to render for many more years his exceptional services to the nation and guide the country to its glory. @narendramodi
— Arun Jaitley (@arunjaitley) September 17, 2018
.@narendramodi A very happy birthday to Hon’ble Prime Minister. I wish him long and healthy life.
— Arvind Kejriwal (@ArvindKejriwal) September 17, 2018
Wishing the man with a vision, our Honorable Prime Minister Mr. @narendramodi ji a very happy birthday. Today I’d like to extend my heartfelt gratitude for supporting causes that are close to my heart. Thank you and wishing you a great year ahead ?? pic.twitter.com/Q95fQvtWE4
— Akshay Kumar (@akshaykumar) September 17, 2018
— Sachin Tendulkar (@sachin_rt) September 17, 2018
As the wishes continue to come in, here is a look at the life and times of PM Narendra Modi.
Early Years In Politics
PM Narendra Modi was born on 17 September, 1950 in a grocers’ family in Vadnagar, Gujarat, to Damodardas Mulchand Modi and Heeraben Modi. He had five siblings; he was the third eldest.
Modi initially worked in the staff canteen of the Gujarat State Road Transport Corporation. He then became a ‘pracharak‘ (organiser) of the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) and received training at its headquarters in Nagpur.
Narendra Modi was given responsibilities related to the Akhil Bharatiya Vidyarthi Parishad (ABVP), the RSS student wing.
He joined the BJP in 1987; one of his first responsibilities was the campaign for the Ahmedabad civic polls, which the party won. Three years later, he was part of the core team in charge of the 1990 Gujarat Vidhan Sabha elections.
The Congress was ousted after being in power for a decade. The BJP emerged as a formidable force in state politics, winning 67 seats and forming a coalition government with Chimanbhai Patel.
In 1995, he was again an active member of the party’s campaign team as it contested all 182 seats. The BJP won 121 seats, and formed the government. Narendra Modi became the National Secretary of the BJP in 1998, and was in charge of states like Punjab, Haryana, Himachal Pradesh, and Jammu & Kashmir.
He later became the General Secretary (Organisations) and played key roles in the 1998 and 1999 Lok Sabha elections. The BJP emerged as the single largest party in both the elections and Atal Bihar Vajpayee became the Prime Minister.
From Chief Minister To Prime Minister
The late Atal Bihari Vajpayee chose Narendra Modi to become the Chief Minister of Gujarat in October 2001. He went on to become the longest-serving CM in the state’s political history, taking oath of office a record four times. He was the Gujarat CM till 2014.
In 2013, Modi became a member of the BJP Parliamentary Board, the highest decision-making body of the party. He was also nominated as a member of the BJP’s Central Election Committee.
A “Narendra Modi wave” ensured a massive victory for the Bharatiya Janata Party-led National Democratic Alliance (NDA) in the 2014 Lok Sabha elections.
He himself won the Vadodara Lok Sabha seat by a margin of about 5.70 lakh votes. He also won from Varanasi; this was the seat that he eventually retained.
He took oath as the Prime Minister on 26 May 2014. Modi created history as he became the first Prime Minister of India to be born after India got Independence, that is, post-15 August, 1947.