New Delhi, July 10: Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Wednesday wished his cabinet colleague and senior BJP leader Rajnath Singh on the occasion of his birthday. The PM said the Defence Minister was at the forefront of strengthening India's defence apparatus.

"Best wishes to Shri @rajnathsinghJi on his birthday. A valued Cabinet colleague, he's a leader widely respected for his wisdom. He's risen in public life based on hard work and commitment to service. He is at the forefront of strengthening India's defence apparatus and making our nation self-reliant in the sector. Praying for his long and healthy life," PM Modi wrote on X. Rajnath Singh Birthday Wishes: PM Narendra Modi, Nitin Gadkari and Others Extend Greetings to Union Minister on His 73rd Birthday.

Defence Minister Rajnath Singh replied to the Prime Minister thanking him for his wishes and said that India had made tremendous progress under the leadership of Prime Minister Narendra Modi. "Pradhanmantriji, I'm deeply grateful for your kind words. India has made tremendous progress under your able leadership. Your vision for #AtmaNirbharBharat is an inspiration to India's defence sector. I'm confident that your goal for self-reliance in Defence will be achieved by the collective will of this Great Nation," Rajnath Singh posted on x.

Union Home Minister Amit Shah also extended birthday wishes to Rajnath Singh. "Heartiest birthday wishes to Union Defence Minister and senior BJP leader Shri @rajnathsinghji. Your role in strengthening the BJP's organisation and in strengthening the country's security and army under the leadership of Modi ji is remarkable. I pray to God for your good health and long life," Amit Shah posted on X. Rajnath Singh Gets New PS: IAS Officer Amit Kishore Appointed As Private Secretary to Defence Minister.

A Member of Parliament from Lucknow, Uttar Pradesh, Rajnath Singh, had taken up the responsibility to head the Ministry of Defence for the first time on June 1, 2019. Born on July 10, 1951, in the Chandauli district of Uttar Pradesh, Singh pursued a Master's in Physics from the University of Gorakhpur and was a teacher by profession.

He served as a member of the Uttar Pradesh Legislative Assembly in 1977-1980 and 2001-2003. He was Minister of Education in the government of Uttar Pradesh from 1991 to 1992, while also serving as Minister of Surface Transport in the Union Cabinet from 1999 to 2000. Later, he was Chief Minister of Uttar Pradesh in 2000-2002. In 2003, he served as Minister of Agriculture in the Union Cabinet. He was elected to the Rajya Sabha for two terms in 1994-1999 and again in 2003-2008.

In 2009, he was elected to the 15th Lok Sabha. He also served as a member of the Committee on Ethics on October 7, 2009. Rajnath Singh was inducted into the Union Cabinet first term of Prime Minister Narendra Modi on May 27, 2014, as the Minister of Home Affairs. He is married to Savitri Singh and they have two sons.

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