NEW DELHI: Prime Minister Narendra Modi is celebrating his 72nd birthday today. PM Modi was born on September 17, 1950, in Gujarat's Vadnagar, a small and nondescript town in the Mehsana district of North Gujarat.
The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) has been celebrating Prime Minister Modi's birthday as 'Seva Diwas' (Day of Service) for several years by organising welfare activities across the country for a fortnight. This year too, it has planned a fortnight-long 'Seva Pakhwara' from September 17 to October 2, ending with the birth anniversary of Mahatma Gandhi.
The party has also circulated a booklet on the life and times of PM Modi. The booklet acknowledges PM Modi’s contribution as BJP mascot to make the party virtually “invincible” in electoral politics.
Here's a look at all that he has done on his special day in the last 10 years.
Modi, who was the chief minister of Gujarat in 2012, celebrated his birthday by visiting his mother in Gandhinagar. He also inaugurated a mega blood donation drive in Ahmedabad. BJP office in Bihar, where the occasion was celebrated under the banner of the Narendra Modi Fans Association (NMFA), cut a 62-kg cake.
Modi’s birthday began with two visits: One to the Gandhinagar residence of his mother and the other to the house of former chief minister of Gujarat Keshubhai Patel. A conglomeration of religious leaders and professionals from across Gujarat vion Gandhinagar to wish him. Members of the minority community cut a 64-kg cake to celebrate his birthday.
This was his first birthday as the Prime Minister. The day coincided with Chinese President Xi Jinping’s three-day visit to India. He started the day with seeking blessings of his mother Heeraben. Later, he announced 11 new welfare schemes of Gujarat government for the upliftment of youth, women and people under the Below Poverty Line (BPL) category along with various schemes of medical services for the poor in Gandhinagar.
On his 65th birthday Modi visited Shauryanjali, a military exhibition to mark the golden jubilee of Indo-Pak War of 1965. He said that the valour and sacrifice of the armed forces during the war would remain etched in every Indian’s memory.
Prime Minister Modi visited his mother in Gandhinagar to seek her blessings on his 66th birthday. He also went to Navsari to take part in a function to distribute aides to differently-abled persons.
Various events were held across India to mark the occassion. School bags, text books and tiffin boxes among the needy children in Gujarat and was termed as Seva Diwas.
PM Modi started his day by visiting his mother in Gandhinagar to seek her blessings, a tradition he has been following over the years. Later, he dedicated the mega Sardar Sarovar Dam project to the nation amidst chanting of Vedic hymns by students. From the dam site, the Prime Minister travelled to Sadhu Bet, where the Statue of Unity was then, under construction.
Later, at a large public meeting in Dabhoi, the PM unveiled a plaque to mark the laying of the foundation stone of the National Tribal Freedom Fighters' Museum. The occasion also marked the closing ceremony of the Narmada Mahotsav, which generated awareness about the River Narmada, in various districts of Gujarat.
The Prime Minister celebrated his 68th birthday in his parliamentary constituency of Varanasi. PM Modi offered prayers at Kashi Vishwanath Temple in Varanasi. He also spoke to the students of Naraur primary school of Rohaniya in Kashi Vidyapith block of the district. He distributed various items including solar lamp, stationary, school bags and notebooks to the students of the school.
After meeting his mother on his 69th birthday, the Prime Minister attended the 'Namami Narmada' festival at Kevadiya Gujarat. The festival is being celebrated by the Gujarat government to mark the filling up of the dam to its full reservoir level of 138.68 metres. He also visited the Khalvani Eco-Tourism site in Kevadiya and a Cactus Garden. At the Butterfly Garden in Kevadiya, PM Modi released a large basket full of butterflies into the park.
He also visited the Ekta Nursery, situated in the vicinity of the Statue of Unity. Later the PM addressed a public meeting next to the ‘Statue of Unity’.
The Prime Minister's 70th birthday celebrations was marred by Covid-19 pandemic. However, BJP organised a number of events, mainly aimed at public service, across the country to mark the occasion as ‘Sewa Saptah’. The party workers distributed ration amongst the needy, organised blood donation camps and eye-check up camps. One of these 70 programmes included insurance coverage for the people.
BJP chief J P Nadda also released a book “Lord of Records” highlighting 243 “unprecedented” achievements of the Modi government.
India administered a staggering 2.26 crore Covid vaccinations setting a record for single day inoculations as part of a special drive to mark Prime Minister Narendra Modi's birthday. The e-auction of mementos gifted to PM Modi, which started on his birthday, received an overwhelming response with bids worth over Rs 10 crore fetched on the very first day with 19 days still to go.
This year the Prime Minister released eight cheetahs that were brought from Namibia in the Kuno National Park in Madhya Pradesh on his birthday. He will also release the national logistics policy on September 17, which is aimed at promoting the seamless movement of goods across the country.
The Union health ministry will start a mega drive for voluntary blood donation 'Raktdan Amrit Mahotsav' from September 17 to October 1, which is National Voluntary Blood Donation Day which coincides with PM Modi’s birthday.
The e-auction of gifts and souvenirs presented to the Prime Minister will also begin today.
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