Rahul Gandhi turns 49, PM Modi, Rajnath join others in wishing him good health, long life

"Best wishes to Shri Rahul Gandhi on his birthday. May he be blessed with good health and a long life," PM Modi wrote.

Rahul Gandhi turns 49, PM Modi, Rajnath join others in wishing him good health, long life

NEW DELHI: Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Defence Minister Rajnath Singh and several others wished Congress president Rahul Gandhi on his birthday 49th birthday on Wednesday. Taking to Twitter, the PM wrote: "Best wishes to Shri Rahul Gandhi on his birthday. May he be blessed with good health and a long life."

Rajnath too wished him saying, "Greetings and good wishes to Shri @RahulGandhi on his birthday. Wishing him a long life filled with good health."

Congress tweeted a video wishing its party president and remembering how he has inspired people. The party compiled a video of five of his speeches including the ones in Parliament where he spoke of defeating hatred through love; on united uniting Indians; on his ideas about how to transform India; on women empowerment; and on the idea behind the Congress.

"On Congress President @RahulGandhi's birthday, we look back at five moments when he inspired Indians everywhere," the party tweeted with the video.

Other who wished him included Former Kerala Chief Minister Oommen Chandy. "Wishing @RahulGandhi a very Happy Birthday. May you continue to inspire aspirational youth and help transform India into an inclusive, modern & progressive democracy. Wish you happiness and success in everything you do," he wrote.

Wishing Rahul, Congress spokesperson Randeep Surjewala said that his simplicity and straightforwardness is considered a virtue which sets him apart. "Your indomitable courage in face of every adversity, Your indelible commitment to principles in face of every onslaught, Your simplicity & straightforwardness when being machiavellian is often considered a virtue is what endears u & sets u apart. Happy Birthday @RahulGandhi," he tweeted.

Bahujan Samaj Party chief Mayawati also wished Rahul a healthy and long life.

Later in the day, Rahul is expected to meet Congress leaders at the party headquarters.