Prime Minister Narendra Modi turns 68 today. Twitter is abuzz with activity and #HappyBdayPMModi, #HappyBirthDayPM and #happyBirthdayNarendraMOdi are among the top trends on the micro-blogging site. Leaders, citizens, sports personalities, celebrities, foreign dignitaries are pouring love and congratulatory messages for the Prime Minister. President Ram Nath Kovind, Vice President M Venkaiah Naidu and BJP chief Amit Shah were among the first to greet him. Congress President Rahul Gandhi also wished him good health and happiness. Here what the leaders are saying:
"Birthday greetings to our Prime Minister @narendramodi. Wish him a long life and many years of dedicated service to the people of the country," President Kovind tweeted.
Venkaiah Naidu, who is in Malta, called up Modi to wish him on his birthday, the Vice President Secretariat said.
"Warm Birthday wishes to Hon'ble Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi. India is making rapid strides under his visionary leadership and taking its rightful place in the comity of nations. May he be blessed with long and healthy life," said Mr Naidu's Twitter handle.
Warm Birthday wishes to Hon'ble Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi. India is making rapid strides under his visionary leadership and taking its rightful place in the comity of nations. May he be blessed with long and healthy life. @narendramodi#narendramodibirthday#NaMopic.twitter.com/DqwJmU5ulD- VicePresidentOfIndia (@VPSecretariat) September 17, 2018
Amit Shah praised PM Modi's leadership, saying India under him has become synonymous with development and that he has infused energy into every section of society like never before.
India has a government under PM Modi, which is committed to the development of the poor, farmers and every section of society, the BJP chief said in a tweet.
He described PM Modi as a leader who is loved by all and has provided a decisive and visionary leadership to country.
Congress President Rahul Gandhi was also not far behind in wishing the leader. "Happy Birthday to our PM, Narendra Modi ji! Wishing him good health and happiness always," said Mr Gandhi in a tweet.
Happy Birthday to our PM, Narendra Modi ji! Wishing him good health and happiness always.@narendramodi- Rahul Gandhi (@RahulGandhi) September 17, 2018
Chief Ministers Arvind Kejriwal, Mamata Banerjee also wished PM Modi.
"A very happy birthday to Hon'ble Prime Minister. I wish him long and healthy life," Mr Kejriwal posted.
"Birthday greetings to Prime Minister @narendramodi ji," wrote Ms Banerjee.
Home Minister Rajnath Singh and Finance Minister Arun Jaitley praised the contribution of the Prime Minister in building the nation.
"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," tweeted Mr Jaitley.
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
"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," Mr Singh posted on the micro-blogging site.
Praising Prime Minister for his "dynamic leadership", Goa Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar tweeted, "Heartiest birthday wishes to our Prime Minister Narendra Modi. The nation continues to make progress under your dynamic leadership."
Former Vice Chairman of NITI Aayog Arvind Panagariya also extended his greetings through a tweet. "Happy birthday Prime Minister @narendramodi May the nation have the benefit of your strong and dynamic leadership for many years to come," he tweeted.
Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath also wished Prime Minister Modi a long life and good health on his birthday. "Heartfelt greetings to Prime Minister Narendra Modi. I pray for your long life and good health," Mr Adityanath tweeted.
Leaders Harsimrat Kaur Badal, Tejashwi Yadav, Siddaramaiah, Omar Abdullha prayed for his good health.
Wishing Jenab @narendramodi Sb a very happy birthday. May almighty bless him with a long life & good health.- Omar Abdullah (@OmarAbdullah) September 17, 2018
Bollywood celebs Akshay Kumar, Anupam Kher, Amitabh Bachchan, Preity Zinta, Madhuri Dixit also extended their heartfelt wishes to the Prime Minister.
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
Cricketing legend Sachin Tendulkar, ace boxer Vijender Singh, Israeli Diplomat Maya Kadosh, actors Koena Mitra, Vivek Oberoi were also among the well-wishers.
The BJP in Tamil Nadu celebrated the Prime Minister's birthday by gifting gold rings to newborns. The state BJP chief Tamilisai Soundararajan, who is a gynaecologist, gifted the rings to babies born at a government hospital run by the Chennai civic body.