On Wednesday, May 1, as the country is celebrating May Day, political leaders from across the country, cutting across party lines, have taken to the micro-blogging site Twitter to wish the workers and labourers of the country and commend, acknowledge, and show gratitude to the workforce of India for their incessant and vital contribution in the building of the nation.

Across the world, Labour Day or May Day commends the hard work of workers and celebrates their achievements and contributions.

President Ram Nath Kovind, acknowledging the hard work of the workforce, shared his wishes to both men and women workers on his official Twitter handle:

West Bengal Chief Minister, Mamata Banerjee, shared May Day greetings,  mentioning the social security benefits that the state government provides for the unorganised workers through the Samajik Suraksha Yojana:

Arunachal Pradesh Chief Minister Pema Khandu tweeted:

Union Minister Suresh Prabhu tweeted:

BJP spokesperson and candidate for the Puri Lok Sabha seat in Odisha, Sambit Patra tweeted:

Punjab Chief Minister Captain Amarinder Singh tweeted:

Congress President Rahul Gandhi tweeted:

The Communist Party of India (Marxist), West Bengal State Committee tweeted:

Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal tweeted:

May 1 also marks the foundation day of the states of Gujarat and Maharashtra.

President Ram Nath Kovind and Prime Minister Narendra Modi greeted the people on Gujarat Diwas and Maharashtra Diwas.

The first May Day celebration in India was organized in Madras (now Chennai) by the Labour Kisan Party of Hindustan on 1 May 1923. This was also the first time the red flag was used.