Blood donation camps, cleanliness drives and acts of charity marked Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s birthday celebrations across the country. In Delhi, Railway Minister Suresh Prabhu cut a 500 kg laddoo at an event organised by Sulabh International to mark the Prime Minister’s birthday. Addressing the event from the stage adorned by posters with the slogan, “Toilet first, temple later”, Prabhu spoke on the need for sanitation. He said Modi is the first Prime Minister who understood the value of cleanliness.
“Cleanliness is godliness. There is no need to perform god’s aarti or offer prasad. If we want to really offer something to god, we should keep our society clean,” Prabhu said. Earlier, Home Minister Rajnath Singh and Sports Minister Vijay Goel flagged off a ‘Khel Vikas Daud’ in which sportspersons took part. The Delhi BJP unit also organised a blood donation camp.
President Pranab Mukherjee, Vice- President Hamid Ansari, Congress leader Rahul Gandhi and a host of other leaders greeted Modi on his birthday. Haryana CM Manohar Lal Khattar distributed fruits among the poor in Panchkula. Accompanied by Union Minister Narendra Tomar, Khattar also honoured sarpanches in the district for the successful Open Defecation Free campaign under Swachh Bharat Abhiyan.
Punjab BJP chief Vijay Sampla said, “We conducted blood, eye and organ donation camps, cleanliness drives and tree plantation drives. Underprivileged girl children were provided necessary items under the Beti Bachao, Beti Padhao scheme.”
In Madhya Pradesh, health check-up camps were organised at several places. While praising the PM for his vision, CM Shivraj Singh Chouhan announced that schools for the disabled will be opened in every district of the state. Party’s national general secretary Kailash Vijayvargiya offered food to cows. In Chhattisgarh, BJP MLAs took part in cleanliness drives.
In Maharashtra’s Chandrapur, 40 tribal girl students of an Ashram school in Borda village were taken for a three-hour-safari at the Tadoba Adhari Tiger Reserve. The Dadar office of the BJP invited Muslim women to mark the PM’s birthday. The function, organised by the BJP’s Minority Morcha, was attended by senior BJP leader Shahnawaz Hussain.