Modi turns 71: Amidst birthday greetings, 'Unemployment Day' trends on Twitter

While the President, Dalai Lama and Rahul Gandhi among others greeted PM Modi on his birthday, #NationalUnemploymentDay trended on Twitter. The day also marks first anniversary of farm laws

Satish Acharya's 2014 cartoon
Satish Acharya's 2014 cartoon

NH Web Desk

On the occasion of Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s 71st birthday, politicians and eminent personalities took to Twitter to wish him. Congress leader Rahul Gandhi tweeted, “Happy birthday, Modi ji.”

President Ram Nath Kovind also wished Modi by tweeting “भारत के प्रधानमंत्री श्री @narendramodi को जन्मदिन की हार्दिक बधाई और शुभकामनाएं। मेरी शुभेच्‍छा है कि आप स्‍वस्‍थ रहें और दीर्घायु प्राप्‍त कर ‘अहर्निशं सेवामहे’ की अपनी सर्वविदित भावना के साथ राष्‍ट्र सेवा का कार्य करते रहें।”

Tibetan spiritual leader, Dalai Lama, too wrote a letter to the PM wishing him for his birthday and congratulating him for the “growing confidence you have brought about”.

However, while political leaders wished the PM, common people and opposition parties are celebrating Modi’s birthday as “National Unemployment Day”, to acknowledge the growing unemployment India has been facing for the last seven years.

Srivatsa YB, the National campaign in charge of the Indian Youth Congress, posted a whole list of failures that Modi has gifted the nation. In another tweet, he also curated a list of gifts for Modi's friends. "Modi's recent GIFTS to friends - 400 Railway Stations - 150 Trains & Routes - 26,700 km of Highways - 2.86 lakh kms BSNL fibre - 31 Ports - 25 Airports - 2 Stadiums - IOC/HPCL/GAIL/NTPC assets Monetization of Cronies, Demonetization of Jobs for Youth #राष्ट्रीय_बेरोजगार_दिवस"

Another Twitter used posted a picture of graduates frying pakodas, with the hashtag #NationalUnemploymentDay.

Another tweet said, “#राष्ट्रीय_बेरोजगार_दिवस Gone is the pretence of development and growth, used as a camouflage during the first term to avoid a backlash to the BJP’s communal agenda. Muddi have made zero preparations on how to run a nation but propaganda. #NationalUnemploymentDay

A few even took the hashtag trend to another level, as they posted pictures of cakes with tongue-in-cheek captions.

IYC’s National President, Srinivas BV, also took to Twitter to share a screenshot of the micro-blogging site’s Trending section.

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