Houston, Sep 22: Prime Minister Narendra Modi is set to share the stage with US President Donald Trump for the mega ‘Howdy, Modi’ gala event at the sprawling NRG stadium in the energy city of the United States.
Both Modi and Trump will address Asian American community in the US at the very stadium where Beyonce and U2 have performed in the past.
America is proud to be your friend: Ted Cruz
“India is the largest democracy on face of Earth. America is proud to be your friend. Today is also a celebration of the Indian-American community in USA including in Texas. We say thank you to you for your incredible contributions,” US Senator for Texas, Ted Cruz was quoted as saying by news agency ANI.
United States Congressional delegation on stage
United States Congressional delegation arrives on stage at the ‘Howdy,Modi’ event in Houston.
‘Howdy, Modi’: PM arrives at NRG stadium
Prime Minister Narendra Modi arrives at NRG stadium in Houston. He will address the gathering shortly.
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“I won’t be surprised if there is some announcement by President Trump today, hopefully we will be able to sort out the trade differences,” United States Senator for Texas John Cornyn was quoted as saying by news agency ANI.
Will be in Houston with my friend, tweets Donald Trump minutes before ‘Howdy, Modi’ mega show.
Watch: Bhangra artistes perform at the ‘Howdy,Modi’ event
Bhangra artistes perform at ‘Howdy,Modi’ event in Houston, Texas. PM Narendra Modi and President Donald Trump to arrive shortly.
Howdy Modi event begins with a Sikh Gurbani prayer from the Kirtan singers of the Guru Nanak Society of Greater Cincinnati.
As the large Indian American community in Houston and across America prepare to greet Prime Minister Narendra Modi during the ‘Howdy Modi’ event on Sunday, thousands of separatist Sikhs and Pakistanis have converged here to hold a protest against Modi.
ccording to reports, around 20,000 Pakistanis and separatist Sikhs have gathered in Houston to hold a #GoBackModi campaign, that will be held while the Howdy Modi event is on. The Pakistanis and separatist Sikhs, with the active promotion of Pakistan, have dubbed Modi as the “Face of Indian terrorism”.
The protesters have already conducted a rehearsal and also held a truck rally in Houston, with large protest banners on their vehicles.
The protests come as two US-based Kashmiri activists have filed a federal lawsuit accusing Prime Minister Modi of rights violations in Kashmir. New Delhi is known to be in touch with Washington over the Prime Minister’s security in view of the protests.
According to reports, the 73-page lawsuit filed by two US-based Kashmiris activists along with the Kashmir Khalistan Referendum Front (KKRF), alleges that Modi, Union Home Minister Amit Shah, and the Indian Army’s Lt. Gen Kanwal Jeet Singh Dhillon, Corps Commander of Srinagar-based 15 Corps, carried out “extrajudicial killings”, and inflicted “cruel, inhuman, degrading treatment or punishment” upon Kashmiris and also of “deliberate” killing of Muslims in Jammu and Kashmir, following revocation of its special status.
Over 50,000 Indian Americans have gathered for the ‘Howdy Modi’ event that will also see US President Donald Trump joining Modi on the dais, in a rare gesture.
Earlier today, the PM, who is on his fourth visit to the US, began his first day with a roundtable with 17 CEOs of energy companies that were together worth $1 trillion and had operations in more than 150 countries, including India.
Modi also met local Kashmiri Pandits, Sikhs and Dawoodi Bohras settled in the US.