"Birthday greetings to Murli Manohar Joshi. His scholarly zeal and contribution to public life are immense. I wish him a long and healthy life," Modi said in a tweet.

Joshi, a Lok Sabha member from Kanpur Parliamentary constituency, was born January 5, 1934.

Joshi was the president of the BJP from 1991 to 1993. He was the Union Human Resources Development Minister in the Atal Bihari Vajpayee-led National Democratic Alliance (NDA) government.

The senior BJP leader is best known for his views on Hindu socio-politics and for his affiliation with the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS), of which he had been a pracharak.

Modi spoke to Singh and greeted him on his birthday wishing him a long life filled with good health. "Spoke to Kalyan Singh ji and greeted him on his birthday. Wished him a long life filled with good health," Modi tweeted.

Kalyan Singh was born on January 5, 1932 in Uttar Pradesh's Aligarh district. He has served two terms as the Chief Minister of Uttar Pradesh and was appointed Governer of Rajasthan on 26 August 2014.  

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