PM greets President Pratibha Patil on her 73rd birthdayDecember 19th, 2007 - 2:34 pm ICT by admin
New Delhi, Dec 19 (ANI): Prime Minister Dr. Manmohan Singh greeted President Pratibha Patil on her 73rd birthday today.
Dr. Singh along with his wife Gursharan Kaur presented her a bouquet of roses at Rashtrapati Bhavan.
Around 130 students and staff members of Vidya Bharti College of Maharashtra also visited the Rashtrapati Bhavan and greeted her.
Later, President Patil planted the sapling of a ‘jamun’ tree in the ‘Nakshatra Garden’.
President Patil will visit Asha Kiran, a home for the mentally-challenged children and interact with the inmates there. Later, she will visit the Missionaries of Charity institute Nirmal Hriday, a home for destitute.
This is Patils first birthday at Rashtrapati Bhavan after she took charge of the country’s highest constitutional post in July this year.
Patil, who is the countrys first woman President, succeeded Dr. A.P.J. Abdul Kalam.
President Patil, a member of the Indian National Congress (INC), was nominated by the United Progressive Alliance and Left.
She won the presidential election held on July 19, 2007 defeating her nearest rival Bhairon Singh Shekhawat by over 30,00,00 votes.
A lawyer by profession, Patil represented Edlabad constituency in Jalgaon District, Maharashtra as a member of the Maharashtra Legislative Assembly (1962-1985).
President Patil was deputy chairwoman of the Rajya Sabha (1986-1988), Member of Parliament from Amravati in the Lok Sabha (1991-1996), and the 24th, and the first woman Governor of Rajasthan (2004-2007). (ANI)
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