Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s close friend and Home Minister Amit Shah has turned 55 today (Tuesday, Oct 22). His friends and colleagues from political fraternity have wished him long life and have thanked him for his skillful administrative work.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Union Minister Smriti Irani, Defence Minister Rajnath Singh, Cricketer-turned-politician Gautam Gambhir and others have extended greetings to Shah for his long and healthy life.

“I wish a very happy birthday to my colleague in the cabinet, Amit Shah, a hard-working, experienced, efficient organizer. Apart from playing a valuable role in the government, he is also contributing significantly in empowering and securing India. May god give him a long and healthy life,” PM Modi tweeted in Hindi.

“Indefatigable, hard-working, a skilled strategist and a cabinet colleague, a very happy birthday to @AmitShah. As the home minister of the country, he is working hard to strengthen internal security. I wish him long life and good health,” Defence Minister Rajnath Singh tweeted in Hindi.

“Union Home Minister and national president of world’s largest party @BJP4India, skilled Strategist, Organizer of Hon. @AmitShah. Wish you a very happy birthday. I wish you good health and long life,” Union Minister Smriti Irani wrote in Hindi.

Cricketer-turned-politician Gautam Gambhir wrote: “Birthday wishes to Hon’ble Home Minister @AmitShah ji. You led BJP to incredible heights and made every karyakarta feel like a member of your family. Thank you for motivating all of us to work tirelessly irrespective of position!”

Born on October 22, 1964, Shah has been leading the ruling BJP since 2014. During his tenure as the party chief, the BJP has become “the world’s largest political party with over 10 crore registered members”, according to Home Ministry’s official website.