Veteran politician and NCP leader Sharad Pawar on Saturday marked his 80th birthday. The Rajya Sabha MP was born on December 12, 1940, in Maharashtra's Baramati, and has had a political career spanning over 50 years.
Since morning, well wishers as well as politicians across party lines have taken to social media platforms wishing him a happy birthday, and his names continues to be a trending topic on Twitter with several thousand posts thus far.
"Best wishes to @PawarSpeaks Ji on his birthday. May Almighty bless with good health and a long life," tweeted Prime Minister Modi early on Saturday morning. The NCP leader was quick to respond, stating that he was "humbled" to receive love and good wishes" from Modi.
Pawar has been credited for stitching the alliance between three parties -- Shiv Sena, Congress and NCP after 2019 Maharashtra Assembly elections to form the government in the state. And on Saturday, Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray appeared to pay homage to his role, calling Pawar a "Pillar of the Maha Vikas Aghadi".
Since morning, Pawar appears to have been active on social media, tweeting out appreciative responses to many of the birthday wishes.
"Thank you very much. Humbled to receive your love and good wishes on my Birthday," he told Union Minister Nitin Gadkari.
"Thank you! I sincerely accept your wishes," he said in response to a post by Maharashta Minister and Congress leader Ashok Chavan.
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