As Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath turned 47th on Wednesday, his predecessor and Samajwadi Party chief Akhilesh Yadav said he doesn’t take it ‘seriously’ as it reduces your age by 1 year.
“I don’t take birthday celebrations seriously as it reduces your age by 1 year,” said Akhilesh Yadav who is busy on strategizing his next move on upcoming bypolls in 11 Assembly seats of Uttar Pradesh.
"When there is no alliance, we will prepare on our own for the upcoming UP bypolls and contest on all the 11 seats. We will be preparing for it and a decision will be taken after consulting senior members of the party," the Samajwadi present had told reporters after BSP chief announced that her party will go solo in UP bypolls.
Meanwhile, CM Yogi - who has said that he does not celebrate his birthday – was greeted by his ministerial colleagues, BJP leaders and bureaucrats.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi took to the Twitter to wish Adityanath.
He wrote: "Greetings to Uttar Pradesh's dynamic Chief Minister @myyogiadityanathji on his birthday. Yogiji has done commendable work in transforming Uttar Pradesh, especially in areas like agriculture, industry as well as in improving law and order. I pray for his long and healthy life."
Union Home Minister and BJP President Amit Shah wished the Chief Minister on his birthday and said: "I hope Uttar Pradesh will progress under your leadership and reach new heights. I pray for your long life and health."
Defence Minister Rajnath Singh along with several other Union Minister greeted Adityanath through the social media.
Adityanath, who became the youngest member of the Lok Sabha in 1998 when he was merely 26 years old, took over as Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister in March 2017.