PM Narendra Modi turns 69, visits Statue of Unity in Gujarat

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File photo: Prime Minister Narendra Modi

File photo: Prime Minister Narendra Modi

Prime Minister Narendra Modi turned 69 on Tuesday and was greeted by several leaders, including Vice President M Venkaiah Naidu, Defence Minister Rajnath Singh and BJP president and Home Minister Amit Shah.

In his message, Venkaiah Naidu said the nation is making steady progress under PM Modi’s able leadership.

Amit Shah described PM 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,” Amit Shah said on Twitter.

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.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi began the day with a visit to the Statue of Unity and the Sardar Sarovar Dam on the river Narmada in his home state of Gujarat.

The Statue of Unity, billed as the tallest in the world, was inaugurated by him on Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel’s birth anniversary on October 31 last year.

Earlier on Tuesday, Modi arrived at Kevadiya to take part in the ‘Namami Narmada’ festival being celebrated by the Gujarat government to mark the filling up of the Sardar Sarovar Dam on Narmada river to its full reservoir level of 138.68 metres.

For the first time since the height of the dam was raised in 2017, the water level reached its highest peak at 138.68 metres on Sunday evening.

PM Modi along with Chief Minister Vijay Rupani would perform ‘puja’ at the dam site to ‘welcome’ the water of river Narmada, the lifeline of Gujarat.

The PM, who would be addressing a gathering near the dam, visited various developmental projects being carried out near the dam and Statue of Unity to boost tourism.

These projects include river rafting, a jungle safari park, a butterfly park and Ekta Nursery, an official said.

PM Modi also visited the Khalvani Eco-Tourism site. In the safari, he apparently spotted deer.

PM Modi is also expected to visit Dutt Mandir at nearby Garudeshwar village on the banks of Narmada.

(PTI)