Published: Fri, June 21, 2019
Global News | By Blake Casey

Rahul Gandhi turns 49, Modi extends wishes

Rahul Gandhi turns 49, Modi extends wishes

Minister of State for Social Justice Ramadas Athawale on Wednesday took jibes at Rahul Gandhi on his party's drubbing in the Lok Sabha elections saying, "I congratulate you that you got the opportunity to sit there (in the opposition benches)".

A Congress worker celebrated Mr Gandhi's birthday by organising a 'hawan' outside his residence in New Delhi, including his mother Sonia Gandhi and sister Priyanka Gandhi Vadra in his prayers.

The Congress chief had offered to step down from his post on 25 May, two days after the announcement of the Lok Sabha election results which brought the BJP-led NDA to power for a second time. Seniors Congress leaders also kept trying to seek an audience with the party chief to convince him of the same, but to no avail.

While speaking to reporters outside Parliament Thursday, Gandhi reportedly reiterated there was "theft" in India's Rafale fighter jet deal with France.

The Congress President has made a decision to step down from the top post following the party's dismal performance in the Lok Sabha elections when it won only 52 seats.

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Former Karnataka Chief Minister Siddharamaiah praised Mr Gandhi for his "commitment to the responsibilities & vision for inclusive development". "I greet Congress President Rahul Gandhi happy birthday".

Manish Tewari, Congress parliamentarian from Anandpur Sahib in Punjab, wished good health, happiness and joy.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi also wished the Congress Chief on Twitter with a heartfelt message - "May he be blessed with good health and a long life".

"Thank you all for your best wishes and greetings on my birthday".

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