PM Narendra Modi is celebrating his 69th birthday on Tuesday. PM Modi was greeted by several leaders, including Vice President M Venkaiah Naidu, Defence Minister Rajnath Singh and BJP president and Home Minister Amit Shah. The prime minister will be in Ahmedabad and is scheduled to visit Sardar Sarovar Dam at Kevadiya. Several arrangements have been being made to welcome Modi at the dam site. The entrance of the dam area is being decorated with flowers and other materials. For the first time since the height of the Sarovar dam was raised in 2017, the water level reached its highest peak at 138.68 metres on Sunday evening. The dam was inaugurated by PM Modi on this day in 2017.
After visiting the dam site at Kevadiya, the prime minister would address a gathering. After his address, the PM would inspect some ongoing developmental projects near the dam and the Statue of Unity. The prime minister is also expected to visit the temple of Lord Dattatreya at Garudeshwar village near Kevadiya.
On his 68th birthday last year, Modi was in his Lok Sabha constituency of Varanasi with school children. People in Prime Minister Modi's parliamentary constituency, Varanasi also performed a special pooja for his long life. The BJP is celebrating Prime Minister Modi's birthday as 'Seva Saptah' starting September 14 to September 20.
PM Modi Birthday: Here are all the LIVE updates
3 PM: PM Modi meets mother Hiraben.
2.40 PM: PM Modi reaches Gandhinagar, to meet mother Hiraben shortly.
1 PM: Micro irrigation has saved upto 50 per cent water in Gujarat, reduced fertilizer use by 25 per cent, says PM Modi.
12.55 PM: Sardar Sarovar Dam and Sardar Vallabbhai Patel's statue symbolises willpower, says PM Modi.
12.55 PM: Gujarat shows that progress and sustainability can be achieved at the same time, says PM Modi
12.50 PM: In our culture it is believed that development can be done while protecting the environment, and it is evident here. Nature is dear to us, it is our jewel: PM Modi
12.48 PM: Gujarat an inspiration for the country, says PM Modi.
12.45 PM: PM Modi says that Gujarat is a model of development.
12.40 PM: PM Modi's addresses at Kevadia, Gujarat.
BSP chief Mayawati also wished PM Modi on his birthday.
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PM Modi offers prayers and aarti to Maa Narmada at Sardar Sarovar Dam on his birthday.
Gujarat: Prime Minister Narendra Modi offers prayers at Sardar Sarovar Dam. pic.twitter.com/aR7hdAakAT— ANI (@ANI) September 17, 2019
Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar, Deputy Chief Minister Sushil Kumar Modi and BJP leaders greeted PM Modi.
The chief minister wished good health and a long life to the prime minister on his birthday, an official release said. Union minister of State for Home Nityanand Rai tweeted, "Your personality is a source of inspiration for all of us."
As part of the celebrations, a photo exhibition on the prime minister's life will be inaugurated by the deputy chief minister at the state headquarters of the BJP in Patna, party's media incharge Pankaj Singh said.
On the occasion, state Health Minister Mangal Pandey will inaugurate a health camp at the same venue, he said.
Congress President Sonia Gandhi has also extended her greetings to Prime Minister Narendra Modi on his birthday. She wished him a healthy, happy and long life.
PM Modi releases butterflies on his birthday.
PM Narendra Modi have reached the Sardar Sarovar Dam.
Gujarat: Prime Minister Narendra Modi at the Sardar Sarovar Dam site. pic.twitter.com/z1yB2CFbsD— ANI (@ANI) September 17, 2019
Gujarat: Prime Minister Narendra Modi visits Cactus Garden in Kevadiya, Narmada district. Gujarat Chief Minister Vijay Rupani & Governor Acharya Devvrat also present. pic.twitter.com/pBRk4GwiTA— ANI (@ANI) September 17, 2019
Prime Minister Narendra Modi at Jungle Safari Tourist Park in Kevadiya, Narmada district in Gujarat.
Gujarat: Prime Minister Narendra Modi at Jungle Safari Tourist Park in Kevadiya, Narmada district. pic.twitter.com/DvBVj0cMts— ANI (@ANI) September 17, 2019
West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee also wished Prime Minister Narendra Modi on his 69th birthday. Banerjee, who is likely to meet the prime minister in New Delhi on Wednesday for discussions on administrative issues, wrote on her Twitter handle, "Birthday greetings to Prime Minister @narendramodi ji."
Banerjee has been one of the harshest critics of the BJP and Modi.
West Bengal Governor Jagdeep Dhankhar also extended his greetings to PM Modi, saying the nation is scaling new heights under PM Modi's leadership.
"Prime Minister Narendra Modi's vision, thought, untiring effort and spinal leadership has helped India scale new heights and the nation is bound to attain its past glory. I join millions in wishing him on his birthday and pray for his good health and long life," Dhankhar said in his message.
Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal wished PM Modi on his birthday.
Happy birthday to Hon'ble PM Shri @narendramodi ji. We wish him a long and healthy life.— Arvind Kejriwal (@ArvindKejriwal) September 17, 2019
Prime Minister Narendra Modi visited thee Khalvani Eco-Tourism site in Kevadiya.
Gujarat: Prime Minister Narendra Modi visits Khalvani Eco-Tourism site in Kevadiya, Narmada district. pic.twitter.com/gQKVqbhvtO— ANI (@ANI) September 17, 2019
PM Modi will visit the Sardar Sarovar Dam on the Narmada river, whose water level has reached its highest mark for the first time, to kickoff the "Namami Narmade" festival.
Gujarat: Prime Minister Narendra Modi arrives in Kevadiya in Narmada district. He will be visiting Sardar Sarovar Dam shortly. pic.twitter.com/oD7vn6qIK6— ANI (@ANI) September 17, 2019
Gujarat: Preparations underway at Kevadiya Dam in Narmada, ahead of Prime Minister Narendra Modi's visit today. pic.twitter.com/WXep3pgbDf— ANI (@ANI) September 17, 2019
Arvind Singh, a fan of PM Modi offered a gold crown to Lord Hanuman at Sankat Mochan Temple on Monday, ahead of PM's birthday. He offered gold crown weighing 1.25 kg to Lord Hanuman.
Varanasi:Arvind Singh,a fan of PM Modi offered a gold crown to Lord Hanuman at Sankat Mochan Temple yesterday,ahead of PM's birthday,says,"Ahead of Lok Sabha polls, I took a vow to offer gold crown weighing 1.25 kg to Lord Hanuman if Modi ji formed govt for the second time"(16/9) pic.twitter.com/G6ephry6nC— ANI UP (@ANINewsUP) September 17, 2019
Vice President M Venkaiah Naidu wishes PM Modi. In his message, Naidu said the nation is making steady progress under Modi's able leadership.
Union Home Minister Amit Shah described Modi as a leader with strong willpower and a symbol of decisive leadership and hard work. "Under your leadership, an emerging India has made a mark in the world as a strong, safe and reliable nation," Shah said on Twitter.
Rajnath Singh said the prime minister has been instrumental in building and strengthening India's position in the comity of nations. "His visionary leadership has helped India in scaling new heights of glory. I pray for his good health and long life," the defence ministry tweeted.