Prime Minister Narendra Modi celebrated his 66th birthday on Saturday by seeking the blessings of his mother and will attend a clutch of programmes organised by his Bharatiya Janata Party to mark the day.
Travelling in a small cavalcade of three vehicles, Modi visited his mother Hiraba at 7.15am—almost an hour earlier than his scheduled time—at the residence of his youngest brother Pankaj Modi in Gandhinagar.
The PM spent around 40 minutes at ‘Saket’ in Raisan area of the state capital and met other family members too. He reportedly ate sukhadi, a Gujarati sweet made with wheat flour and jaggery in ghee.
The BJP has lined up a series of events across the state to mark Modi’s birthday, which is being celebrated as Sewa Diwas . MPs and ministers have been asked to travel to different parts of the country and spend time with the poor and underprivileged. Leaders, however, have been advised against publicising the events.
The party has also planned to reach out to the general public, who can directly wish the PM using a special section of the Narendra Modi app. People can send their wishes in the form of a customised greeting card through the app.
They can use their own photos with the PM in making this card, sources said. Once the card is sent, a user will get a personalised video in return, they said, adding it can be easily shared and act as a unique souvenir.