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Dubai: India’s Prime Minister, Narendra Modi, turned 68 today and Twitter users from across the spectrum wished him on his birthday.

Modi is the third most followed political leader on Twitter, after US President Donald Trump and Pope Francis, and #HappyBdayPMModi and #HappyBirthDayPM soon became the top trends on Twitter.

A microsculpture artist @SachinSanghe posted a video of carving a minisculpture of Modi on wood and wrote: “#HappyBdayPMModi Many, many happy returns of the day to honourable PM @narendramodi sir! Replugging my old miniature and its making video! Watch with audio on!”

Tweep @SwamiGeetika posted a video of how Bharatiya Janata Party [BJP] workers in Tamil Nadu were gifting gold rings to new born babies, adding: “That’s a great way to celebrate PM Modi’s Birthday!”

People from the Indian film industry also posted tweets directly to the Prime Minster.

Award-winning director Shekhar Kapur wrote: “Happy Birthday dear @narendramodi ji. Each time I find my job tough, I just try and put myself in your shoes! I can’t even imagine the responsibility for over a billion people that you carry on your shoulders every day. May God give you even more strength than you already have.”

Even politicians who are part of the opposition in the country tweeted their greetings.

India’s Congress leader @RahulGandhi posted: “Happy Birthday to our PM, Narendra Modi ji! Wishing him good health and happiness always. @narendramodi”

Tejashwi Yadav, who is leading the opposition in the Indian state of Bihar tweeted: “Wishing a very warm and happy birthday to respected PM Shri @narendramodi ji! May God bless you [with a] healthy and long life, success and strength to live up to the expectations of 125 Crore [1.25 billion] Indians and fulfill the dreams and promises shown and given to the people! #HappyBdayPMModi”

However, some tweeps couln’t help but bring political issues into their tweets.

@RuchiraC wrote: “#HappyBdayPMModi Blow candles, not people’s expectations. Split your cake, not the people of the country. Inflate balloons, not the fuel prices.”

Rise in fuel prices has led to many protests and nation-wide shutdowns in India recently.

Another tweep, @deepsealioness, wrote: “September 17, 2018: Modi’s gift to India especially Mumbai on his birthday, #AcheDin - The rupee plunged over 76 paise to 72.61 against the US dollar in early trade on Monday. Mumbai petrol at 89.44 Rupees/Litre”

Another tweep @murtuzaspeaks had a prediction for the elections next year. He wrote: “Happy Birthday, PM Modi, but next year will wish you Happy Birthday, Modi ji, yes you guessed right, you will not be a PM next year. @narendramodi”