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Wishes pour in for Rahul as he turns 51

Congress leader Rahul Gandhi. File   | Photo Credit: PTI

Former Congress president Rahul Gandhi turned 51 on Saturday and with talks of a larger coalition to counter the BJP, his birthday in a way became a roll call for the opposition parties who are on the same platform.

At the last count, Tamil Nadu Chief Minister M.K. Stalin, Jharkhand Chief Minister Hemant Soren, former Prime Minister and JD(S) leader H.D. Devegowda, NCP supremo Sharad Pawar, RJD leader Tejashwi Yadav, Samajwadi Party president Akhilesh Yadav and National Conference leader Omar Abdullah wished him on the occasion.

One of the more interesting comments came from Mr. Gowda who wrote on Twitter, “Rahul Gandhi has always come across as a fine person, deeply committed to a humane and inclusive society. It is his birthday today. I wish him well, and sincerely pray that his view of the world and his compassion defeats the narrowness that surrounds us.”

Mr. Stalin, who met both Mr. Gandhi and his mother on his first trip to Delhi after winning the Tamil Nadu elections, tweeted: “Wishing my beloved brother Rahul Gandhi on his birthday and I join others in praising his selfless, untiring work to establish an egalitarian India in every aspect. His commitment to the ethos of the Congress Party has been exemplary.”

Even AAP convenor and Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal, who faces Congress in Delhi and Punjab and has kept his distance from the opposition bloc, wished Mr. Gandhi.

Mr. Gandhi, meanwhile, decided not to celebrate his birthday in view of the COVID pandemic.


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