Among Narendra Modi's birthday callers are PM and Advani

Last Updated: Tue, Sep 17, 2013 15:27 hrs

Ahmedabad: BJP's senior-most leader LK Advani, who has been upset over Narendra Modi's elevation as the party's Prime Ministerial candidate, today wished the Gujarat Chief Minister on his 63rd birthday.

Mr Advani joined a host of dignitaries, including Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, in greeting Mr Modi on his special day.

The BJP patriarch made a telephone call to wish Mr Modi, sources said.

Mr Advani has been upset and sulking ever since Mr Modi was named as BJP's Prime Ministerial candidate on September 13.

The two came face-to-face at the birthday party of Rajya Sabha MP and noted lawyer Ram Jethmalani last Sunday but cold vibes between them were clearly evident there.

Mr Advani had been opposing Mr Modi's projection, arguing that it would weaken the party's campaign against the government over issues like corruption and price rise.

However, his objections were overruled by the BJP, prompting him to attack the party chief Rajnath Singh over the way he was functioning.

Sources in Mr Modi's office said that he also received good wishes from the Prime Minister as also noted singer Lata Mangeshkar, among others.

"Everyone has blessed me, and given love to me. I believe that people's blessings never go waste. That will give me strength, understanding and capability," Mr Modi told reporters.

He also sought blessings from his 94-year-old mother Hira Ba by driving down to the house of his younger brother Pankaj Modi in Gandhinagar early this morning. His mother gifted him a book and some money.

"I came for my mother's blessings, there is no bigger privilege than that," Mr Modi said.

Mr Modi also went to the house of his bete noire and former Chief Minister Keshubhai Patel to seek his blessings. Mr Patel, who parted ways with BJP and formed his own party, greeted Mr Modi.

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