Prime Minister Narendra Modi led the political leaders in extending birthday greetings to Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister Kamal Nath who turned 73 today. "Birthday wishes to Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister Shri Kamal Nath Ji. I pray for his long and healthy life," tweeted PM Modi, who was one of the first to wish the senior Congress leader.
Birthday wishes to Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister Shri Kamal Nath Ji. I pray for his long and healthy life. @OfficeOfKNath- Narendra Modi (@narendramodi) November 18, 2019
Mr Nath colleague Digvijaya Singh also extended his wishes on Twitter. "Heartiest wishes to the honorable Kamal Nathji on his birthday," Mr Singh tweeted in Hindi.
BJP ally and Union minister Ram Vilas Paswan also wished long and healthy life to Kamal Nath, who is widely credited for bringing the Congress back to power in Madhya Pradesh in 2018 after 15 years.
Kamal Nath and his family will begin the day by offering prayers at Guptkashi, some 47 kilometres before Kedarnath, the holiest shrine of Lord Shiva, in Uttarakhand, Congress media cell coordinator Narendra Saluja said on Sunday.
The 73-year-old has requested party workers to avoid wasteful expenditure. "Do not put up banners, posters, hoarding and other publicity stuff on my birthday - November 18. Party workers, organisations and the people should shun such publicity," Mr Nath tweeted on Sunday.
Congress workers will celebrate his birthday by holding a blood donation camp, cutting a cake and distributing sweets, party spokesperson said.
The 11-month-old Kamal Nath government has been surviving on the support of two BSP, one SP and four Independent MLAs. The party recently won a crucial bypoll helping it improve its tally in the 230-member assembly. The Congress strength in the assembly has gone up to 115, just one short of the simple majority mark of 116. On the other hand, the BJP's tally has now gone down to 108.