Congress had sought cancellation of the event in view of the Chennai deluge. Earlier yesterday, prominent BJP leaders led by Prime Minister Narendra Modi wished Parrikar on the occasion. "Wishing Manohar Parrikar & @drharshvardhan on their birthday. They are admired for their simplicity & hardwork. I pray for their long life," the Prime Minister tweeted.
Parrikar's cabinet colleagues including Finance Minister Arun Jaitley, Minister of State for Commerce and Industry Nirmala Sitharaman also took to twitter to wish Parrikar. Manohar Parrikar, former Chief Minister of Goa, celebrated the day with family and friends yesterday at his private residence in Taleigao near here.

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Last evening, a reception was held at Campal Ground here where about 50,000 people turned up. Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh, Highways Minister Nitin Gadkari, AYUSH Minister Sripad Naik, state Chief Minister Laxmikant Parsekar were present on the dais.
The birthday bash had run into controversy with the Congress accusing the state government of using public money to organise the event. The CM had refuted the charge. The event turned out to be simple one with only a pandal covering the ground to mark the programme. No cultural programme was held on the occasion.

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