Debjit Mukherjee: The Tamil Nadu unit of the Bharatiya Janata Party has decided to celebrate Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s birthday on September 17 by presenting gold rings to the newly borns and also distributing 720 kilograms of fish, among other plans.
“We have identified the government RSRM hospital in Chennai and decided that all children born on the Prime Minister’s birthday will be given a gold ring,” minister of state in-charge of fisheries and information and broadcasting, L Murugan said on Thursday.
Replying to a query about the cost of the initiative, he said, “It will be about 2-gm gold per ring which is about Rs 5,000.’’
The party’s local unit has estimated about 10-15 deliveries at the particular hospital on that day.
“This is not a freebie. We are just celebrating our Prime Minister’s birthday by welcoming babies born on that day,’’ he said.