Prime Minister Narendra Modi participated in the “Howdy Modi” event in Houston on Sunday. The gathering was organized to address the Indian diaspora living in the United States. It was attended by over 50,000 people in the NRG Football Stadium.
Narendra Modi wrote a grateful message on Twitter to extend his thankful greetings to the audience. He said he was impressed with the energy of the Houston population.
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. pic.twitter.com/2L4AhkVTSz
— Narendra Modi (@narendramodi) September 23, 2019
Narendra Modi’s event has left the national leaders on the opposite sides. While some leaders and celebrities praised the Prime Minister for his efforts to reach out to the Indian population in the US, others took a hit at him for different reasons. BJP leader Gautam Gambhir shared his feelings with the grand entry of Narendra Modi on social media.
— Gautam Gambhir (@GautamGambhir) September 23, 2019
Home Minister Amit Shah shared the picture of an audience-packed event at Houston. He thanked Narendra Modi for leading India ahead in the world.
The message to the world is loud and clear that this #NewIndia will leave no stone unturned to keep our country safe and united.
— Amit Shah (@AmitShah) September 22, 2019
However, the event did not go well down with the Congress leaders. Former Union Finance Minister took a jibe at Prime Minister Narendra Modi‘s ‘Howdy Modi‘ event. P Chidambaram slammed the Modi for his comment “Bharat mai Sab accha hai.”
Congress leader Rahul Gandhi also attacked the Modi over the huge expense of the event. It is being reported that the Houston event is the costliest Indian-American gathering ever.
Amazing what PM is ready to do for a stock market bump during his #HowdyIndianEconomy jamboree.
At + 1.4 Lakh Crore Rs. the Houston event is the world's most expensive event, ever!
But, no event can hide the reality of the economic mess “HowdyModi” has driven India into.
— Rahul Gandhi (@RahulGandhi) September 20, 2019
Another leader from the Congress party, Anand Sharma also slammed Narendra Modi. He accused Modi of campaigning for Donald Trump. The USA will go to polls in 2020. The event has been described as a way to increase the profile of President Donald Trump among the Indian community.
Our relationship with the United States of America have throughout been bipartisan, vis-à-vis Republicans and Democrats. Your actively campaigning for Trump is a breach of both India and America as sovereign nations and democracies.
— Anand Sharma (@AnandSharmaINC) September 22, 2019