Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Friday wished veteran BJP leader Murli Manohar Joshi on his birthday and credited him for leaving a “strong mark” on the education sector with his “great work”.

“Birthday greetings to our senior leader Dr. Murli Manohar Joshi. He has made a significant contribution in building the BJP,” tweeted Modi.

“He left a strong mark on our education sector with his great work. May he be blessed with a long and healthy life,” he said.

Born on January 5, 1934, Joshi was the president of the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) between 1991 and 1993, and at present is a Lok Sabha member from Kanpur.

Joshi was awarded Padma Vibhushan, the second-highest civilian award, in 2017 by the Government of India.

Joshi along with party veterans Atal Bihari Vajpayee and LK Advani were dropped from the party’s Parliamentary Board and made a part of the Margdarshak Mandal after Amit Shah became the BJP chief in 2014.