Aizawl: Many dignitaries across the country, including Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Union home minister Amit Shah greeted Mizoram chief minister Zoramthanga as he turned 76 on Monday.
Co-incidentally, the chief minister’s birthday coincided with the council of ministers meeting on Monday during which he was greeted with a birthday cake by his relatives and cabinet colleagues.
“With due permission from the council of ministers, my family surprised me with a very special birthday cake at today’s cabinet meeting. The Lord has been so good to me throughout this journey of life. Thank you all for your warm birthday wishes,” Zoramthanga tweeted.
Sources in the chief minister office (CMO) said that the chief minister’s bungalow was flooded with birthday greetings since morning.
Greeting the chief minister on attaining 76, Prime Minister Narendra Modi wished him that he leads a long and healthy life.
“Best wishes to the Chief Minister of Mizoram, Mr. Zoramthanga on his birthday. One of the senior most and respected leaders in our polity, he has worked extensively for the welfare of Mizoram. May Almighty bless him with a long and healthy life in service of the people,” Modi tweeted.
Union Home minister Amit Shah also extended birthday greetings to Zoramthanga and tweeted, “Birthday wishes to the Chief Minister of Mizoram, Shri Zoramthanga. May the state of Mizoram continue to scale new heights of growth and development under his leadership. Praying for his long and healthy life.”
Among the dignitaries who sent a birthday greetings to Zoramthanga included Union tribal affairs minister Arjun Munda, Union Jal Shakti minister Gajendra Singh Shekhawat, Union road transport and highways minister Nitin Gadkari, DoNER minister Dr Jitendra Singh, Union minister of state for youth affairs and sports Kiren Rijiju, Mizoram governor PS Sreedharan Pillai and chief ministers and other senior ministers of almost all the Northeast states.
Birthday greetings too came from friends, relatives, party workers, cabinet colleagues and well-wishers from all over the country.
Born on July 13, 1944, Zoramthanga joined the underground Mizo National Front (MNF) in 1966.
MNF was the underground group, which spearheaded secessionist movements for two decades during 1966 to 1986.
He was second in command to MNF founder president late Laldenga during the secession movement and became the successor as party president after the founder president died in 1990.
When the MNF formed its first government in 1987, he was the finance and education minister in Laldenga’s cabinet.
He served as the chief minister of Mizoram for two consecutive terms between 1998 and 2008.
When the MNF came back to power in the last assembly polls in November 2018, he was elected from Aizawl East-I seat and assumed the chief minister office for the third time in December 2018.