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PM Modi Hails Aaditya Thackeray, Sachin Tendulkar For Cleanliness Drive

Mumbai:  The BJP’s intractable partner the Shiv Sena may be firing frequent salvos at his government, but the party No. 2 and Uddhav Thackeray’s son Aaditya has got a compliment from Prime Minister Narendra Modi for participating in a cleanliness drive in the city today.

PM Modi also appreciated cricket legend Sachin Tendulkar and his son Arjun for participating in ‘Swachhata Hi Seva’ campaign in suburban Bandra. “I congratulate my young friend @AUThackeray for participating in a cleanliness initiative in Mumbai & adding momentum to #SwachhataHiSeva,” the Prime Minister tweeted.

In another tweet, the PM said, “The continued commitment of @sachin_rt towards a @swachhbharat is deeply appreciable. People across India will be inspired by his efforts. “Happy to see wide scale participation by youngsters, including Arjun in #SwachhataHiSeva. Our Yuva Shakti will make a Swachh Bharat”, he said referring to Tendulkar’s son.

In his response, Aaditya Thackeray, who heads Yuva Sena, thanked PM Modi. “Thank you sir. Always an honour to serve our nation. Always count Uddhav ji, me and all of us in with you in such noble initiatives.

“Mumbaikars and BMC (corporators, officers and staffers) have taken the cleanliness movement to a level that will make you proud,” he said in a tweet.

Earlier in the day, Aaditya Thackeray and Mr Tendulkar participated in ‘Swacchata Abhiyan’ in suburban Bandra. “An honour to serve our country in the cleanliness drive, along side @sachin_rt ji before the break of dawn today, at Bandra Fort,” the Yuva Sena president said.

In his tweet, Mr Tendulkar said, “Thanks @AUThackeray for joining us this morning. With our youths support, we can not only achieve a swachh bharat but also a swasth bharat!

Mr Tendulkar picked up broom to clean the streets early this morning to spread the message of cleanliness and extend support to the central government’s ‘Swachhata Hi Seva’ campaign.