Nitin Gadkari, one of the high performing ministers of Modi cabinet, celebrated his 60th birthday yesterday. The visionary leader, hailing from Nagpur, is well known for a keen eye for development and has been instrumental in launching many ambitious infrastructure projects. Reacho captured some exclusive pictures of Mr. Gadkari celebrating his birthday with his family, friends, and followers at Nagpur:
The day started with a traditional birthday celebration with wife Kanchan Gadkari and close relatives
"Aukshawan" with 60 diyas
Nitin Gadkari comes downstairs where he is greeted by his eager followers and shutterbugs
Getting felicitated by BJP karyakartas and well-wishers
The Cake cutting ceremony
All set for the grand celebrations at Kasturchand Park in the evening
Scintillating performances by Vaishali Samant and Sudesh Bhosle
Mr. Gadkari sharing the stage with Maharashtra CM Devendra Fadnavis and NCP president Sharad Pawar
Known for cutting across party lines and having good relations with the leaders of many parties, Gadkari's birthday bash was attended by the likes of Shivraj Singh Chouhan, Raman Singh, Sushil Kumar Shinde, Ramdas Athawle, Banwarilal Purohit, Pankaja Munde, Praful Patel, Narayan Rane, Subhash Desai, Vijay Goel, Hansraj Ahir, Sudhir Mungantiwar, Chandrashekhar Bawankule, Vivek Oberoi and other.
Not just the political leaders, the event was also graced by Acharya Balkrishna, the MD of Patanjali Ayurved
Talking on the occasion, NCP president Sharad Pawar said that "Gadkari is the first BJP leader, having a RSS background, to come outside its ideology and maintain good, cordial relations with political parties and politicians across the country."
Nitin Gadkari and wife Kanchan Gadkari being felicitated with garland of flowers by CM Devendra Fadnavis and his wife
And finally, Mr. Gadkari addressing the huge audience of his followers
In his address, Gadkari thanked everyone for showering such love on him. He also attributed his success to the teachings of RSS and his experience as a young leader in ABVP.
Devendra Fadnavis, Shivraj Singh Chouhan, Raman Singh and Ramdas Athawle also lauded Gadkari's work ethics and leadership qualities in their speeches. We wish Mr. Gadkari all the best for the future and hope that he keeps up the good work to bring rapid infrastructure development for the country.