Sumitra Mahajan, Speaker of the 16th Lok Sabha turns a year older today, and the micro-blogging site Twitter was flooded with warm birthday wishes for the politician.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi tweeted,
"Birthday wishes to the Lok Sabha Speaker, Sumitra Mahajan ji. Praying for her long and healthy life."
Birthday wishes to the Lok Sabha Speaker, Sumitra Mahajan ji. Praying for her long and healthy life.— Narendra Modi (@narendramodi) April 12, 2017
Soon, prominent ministers followed, wishing the Speaker good health and a long life.
Warm birthday greetings to the LS Speaker Smt. #SumitraMahajan ji. May she be blessed with good health, long life & a successful year ahead.— Arun Jaitley (@arunjaitley) April 12, 2017
Heartiest birthday wishes to Sumitra Tai. Her humility & affable personality endears her to everyone. Prayers for her long & healthy life. pic.twitter.com/c1vJFvWuF9— Smriti Z Irani (@smritiirani) April 12, 2017
Heartiest birthday greetings to LokSabha Speaker Hon Sumitra Mahajan tai.— Devendra Fadnavis (@Dev_Fadnavis) April 12, 2017
Wish you a good health and long life !
Warm wishes to Lok Sabha Speaker Smt. Sumitra Mahajan on her birthday today. May she be blessed with good health and long life.— Rajnath Singh (@rajnathsingh) April 12, 2017
Birthday Wishes to Smt. Sumitra Mahajan ji. Wish her a long life with good health.— M Venkaiah Naidu (@MVenkaiahNaidu) April 12, 2017
On Wednesday, when Sumitra Mahajan entered the Lok Sabha and took to her chair, the assembled MPs, who seemed to be in a slightly playful mood, joined together to wish Mahajan a very happy birthday.
In the video, Mahajan can be seen smiling and thanking the MPs with her hands folded.
Speaking on everyone's behalf, Ananth Kumar, BJP leader and Minister of Chemicals and Fertilizer, rises and says,
"Sabha adhyakshaji, poore sadan ki taraf se, aapko aapke janamdivas ki shubhkamnaye hum dena chahenge. Aap swasth rahe, dirghayu rahen, aur yashasvi rahen, yahi prarthna karte hain yahi kaamna karte hain. Aur aapke netritvya mein iss sadan ka karyakaram sahi se chalta rahe."
(Dear Chairperson, I wish you a happy birthday on behalf of the entire house. We wish and pray for your healthy, long and successful life. We wish the Lok Sabha keeps functioning well under your leadership.)
Mahajan, in a light-hearted mood, interrupts and says, "Daantte rahe vaise nahi na?" (And, should I keep scolding like I do?)
Here's the video:
Popularly known as Tai among her peers, Mahajan's book 'Matoshree' based on the life of Maratha queen Ahilyabai Holkar was released by Modi a day before her birthday.
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