New Delhi: Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Thursday (October 22) extended his greetings to Home minister Amit Shah on his birthday and said the country is witnessing the dedication and excellence with which he is contributing towards India's progress.

His efforts to make the BJP stronger are also noteworthy, Modi added.

"Birthday wishes to Shri @AmitShah Ji. Our nation is witnessing the dedication and excellence with which he is contributing towards India's progress. His efforts to make BJP stronger are also noteworthy. May God bless him with a long and healthy life in service of India," PM Modi tweeted.

Defence minister Rajnath Singh took to Twitter to wish the Home minister and wrote in Hindi.

Shah who turned 56 has been involved with the BJP's ideological mentor Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh or RSS from his younger days.

He was the BJP president for more than five-and-a-half years from 2014, and the party grew by leaps and bounds under him, capturing power in many states and returning to the helm at the Centre in 2019 with a bigger win than 2014.

He was the BJP's in-charge of Uttar Pradesh in 2014 and helped the party and its allies win 73 out of 80 seats in the general election.

In the 2019 Lok Sabha election, Shah managed BJP's election campaign and campaigned at the same time. The party got 303 seats - the first party in the country since 1971 to return with a full majority.

Shah is a first-time Lok Sabha MP from Gandhinagar and was inducted into the cabinet under the second tenure of the Modi government, after which he was made Union Home minister.