Houston: Around 50,000 people gathered at NRG Stadium in Houston for the 'Howdy Modi' event where Prime Minister Narendra Modi and US President Donald Trump exchanged warm words of friendship in Texas at a mass rally.
While addressing the huge crowd at the Howdy Modi event, Prime Minister Narendra Modi said that US President, Donald Trump is a true friend to India. The Prime Minister extended an invite for President Trump and his family to visit India. “Our friendship will give new heights to the vibrant future of India and the United States.”, the Prime Minister said.
The Prime Minister went on to say, “The name of this event is Howdy Modi. But Modi alone is nothing. I am a person working for the wishes of 130 crore people in India. So when you ask - Howdy Modi, I would say all is well in India.”, Prime Minister said. Saying “Everything is fine” in multiple Indian languages, the Prime Minister asserted that unity in diversity is the strength of our vibrant democracy.
A new history and new chemistry is being created at the venue in Houston. “The presence of Donald Trump and the senators talking about India's progress is a respect to the achievement of the 1.3 billion Indians”, the Prime Minister said. He added that the energy at the stadium shows the increasing synergy between India and the United States.
“Today, India is determined and working hard towards creating a new India”, PM said. He said that a lot of effort is being provided to build a new and better India. “India is not putting off challenges, we are taking them head-on. India is not going for incremental changes, we are working on creating permanent solutions, and making the impossible possible”, PM said
Speaking about the abrogation of Article 370, PM asked the gathering to applaud the parliamentarians with a standing ovation for making such a decisive strong move. He said that Article 370 had kept the people of Jammu and Kashmir & Ladakh away from development and progress. “Now the people of Jammu & Kashmir and Ladakh have the same rights as every Indian”, PM said.
Prime Minister said that the time has come for a tough decisive fight against terrorism and those who support terrorism. He praised President Trump’s resolve in fighting against terrorism.
Terming it as an honour and privilege to welcome Donald J Trump to the Howdy Modi event, the Prime Minister said that the U.S President has left a deep and lasting impact everywhere. He hailed the leadership qualities of the President of the United States. He said that every time they have met, he felt the friendliness, warmth and energy of Donald Trump.
Addressing the event, US President Donald Trump stated that Prime Minister Narendra Modi is doing an exceptional job for India and its citizens. He congratulated the Prime Minister for his unprecedented election victory. He added that the relationship between India and the United States is better than ever
Hailing the Primes Minister’s pro-growth policies, Trump said “India has lifted nearly three hundred million people out of poverty under Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s leadership. That is incredible”. He said that under Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s leadership, the world is witnessing a strong, thriving Republic of India. The President thanked the Indian community for their contributions and said that his administration is committed towards the betterment of the community.
House Majority leader Steny Honer said that the United States is inspired by modern India. He said that Prime Minister Modi leads the nation while being mindful of the challenges, undeterred as India reaches into a new frontier of space and equally determined to lift millions out of poverty back on earth.
Earlier, Mayor of Houston Sylvester Turner presented the 'Key to Houston' to Prime Minister Narendra Modi as a mark of respect, solidarity and long-standing India-Houston relationship.
Taking it to Twitter, Prime Minister Narendra Modi tweeted, "Moments from Houston that will always remain a part of my memory. I thank all those who came for the #HowdyModi programme. The event was lively, showcasing the special features of Indian culture and accomplishments of the Indian diaspora".