Nagpur : Union Minister Nitin Gadkari had a power-packed 60th birthday celebration here on Saturday, showcasing his influence across the political spectrum and the respect he commands within his Bharatiya Janata Party.
The highlights of the daylong celebrations which started this morning included release of his biography by Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis, followed by inauguration of a vocational college named after him, cutting a massive 60-kg cake arranged by BJP and unveiling of a life-size wax statue in the evening.
The day started for Gadkari with prayers and a small private celebration at home, led by his wife Kanchan, sons Nikhil and Sarang and their spouses Rutuja and Madhura, daughter Ketki and her husband Aditya Kashedikar, a host of grandchildren and other relatives wishing and felicitating him.
The cake-cutting ceremony later was held amid thunderous applause and blessings to the leader as the former BJP national and state President, businessman-lawyer-politician sliced through the massive cake.
In the afternoon, thousands of BJP activists from across Maharashtra queued up for the celebrations organised by the party for the leader who started as an ordinary grassroots worker 40 years ago and attained dizzying heights .
Gadkari was presented a purse of Rs 1.01 crore comprising contributions from all BJP MPs and MLAs in state which will be donated to 100 charitable organisations.
At the main celebratory function late on Saturday evening, several bigwigs, Nationalist Congress President Sharad Pawar, senior Congress leaders and former Chief Ministers Narayan Rane and Sushilkumar Shinde were in attendance. –IANS