New Delhi: Prime Minister Narendra Modi and President Ram Nath Kovind extended greetings to the nation on the first day of the new year on Friday and expressed hope that  the "country will march ahead  with renewed energy to achieve the common goal of our nation's progress." "May the spirit of hope and wellness prevail," wished PM Modi on Twitter.

"Wishing you a happy 2021! May this year bring good health, joy and prosperity. May the spirit of hope and wellness prevail," the Prime Minister tweeted.

Meanwhile, President Kovind, expressed hope that the "country will march ahead to achieve progress".

"Happy New Year everyone! New Year provides an opportunity to make a fresh beginning and resolve for individual and collective development. Challenges arising out of COVID-19 situation strengthen our determination to move forward unitedly," President Kovind tweeted.

"As the year 2020 draws to its end, Prime Minister Narendra Modi called on President Ram Nath Kovind and briefed him on domestic and international affairs. They exchanged good wishes for the year 2021 which promises a brighter future for the people of India," President's Secretariat tweeted.