Bishops join to greet Modi on birthday

September 19, 2016 by  
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New Delhi, September 19, 2016: The Catholic Bishops’ Conference of India has joined Indian leaders to whish divine blessings on Prime Minister Narendra Modi on his 66thbirthday on Saturday.

Conference secretary general Bishop Theodore Mascarenhas in a message wished him “a very happy birthday and God’s abundant blessings.”

“We pray that God may grant him the courage, wisdom, and strength to lead the country on the road of development, justice, peace and harmony,” said the message released to the media.

Prime Minister Modi spent his birthday with his mother Hira Ba in Gandhinagar, Gujarat besides attending some programs in his home state.

“Mother’s love and blessings are the basic essence of life,” Modi tweeted in Hindi along with two pictures of him and his mother. He thanked President Pranab Mukherjee and Vice President Hamid Ansari for their wishes.

Modi arrived in Ahmedabad on a two-day visit on Friday night. He launched water and irrigation schemes worth over Rs 17,000 on Saturday in the tribal district of Limkheda.

He also addressed a public rally at Limkheda before leaving for Navsari in south Gujarat where he addressed Samajik Adhikarita Shibir (workshop) for disabled children.

The Prime Minister later visited Surat on his way to New Delhi on Saturday evening.

Besides President and Vice president, a host of other also wished him on his boirth day.

In Gandhinagar, the Chief Justice of India T.S. Thakur also met Modi at Raj Bhawan, where he presented him flowers.

Among others, External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj, Minister of Textiles Smriti Irani, President of the Bharatiya Janata Party Amit Shah, Minister of Information and Broadcasting M Venkaiah Naidu, Gujarat Chief Minister Vijay Rupani, MP Rajyavardhan Singh Rathore and Minister of State for Parliamentary Affairs Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi also wished Modi.

– press release

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