PM, top leaders greet President on his 73rd birthday
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PM, top leaders greet President on his 73rd birthday

New Delhi, Oct 1: Prime Minister Narendra Modi was amongst the top leaders who wished President Ram Nath Kovind on his 73rd birthday on Monday.

"Best wishes to Rashtrapati Ji on his birthday. India has benefited greatly from his wisdom and perspectives on various subjects. He has connected wonderfully with every section of our society. I pray for his long and healthy life,' Modi tweeted.

Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh also tweeted, "He is widely respected for his simplicity, clarity of thought and action and his concern for the poor and marginalised. I wish him a long and healthy life ahead.’’

Among others who greeted the President were Union Finance Minister Arun Jaitley, Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman and Textiles Minister Smriti Irani and prayed for his long and healthy life. West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee also greeted him. "Conveying my respects and good wishes to Ram Nath Kovind ji on his birthday," she tweeted.

Born on October 1, 1945 in Kanpur district of Uttar Pradesh, President Kovind is the 14th President of the country. He was elected President on July 25, 2017 defeating United Progressive Alliance candidate Meira Kumar.

Previously he had served as the Governor of Bihar from 2015 to 2017 and was a member of the Rajya Sabha from 1994 to 2006. Kovind has also worked as an aid of former Prime Minister Morarji Desai and has represented India at the United Nations in New York. The Dalit leader entered politics in 1994 when he was elected as a Rajya Sabha member from Uttar Pradesh.

Kejriwal wishes President on his birthday

Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal on Monday wished President Ram Nath Kovind on his 73rd birthday.

Taking to micro-blogging site, Mr Kejriwal said,"Wish Hon'ble President of India Sh Ram Nath Kovind ji a very happy birthday. Best wishes for a long, happy and healthy life." (UNI)