Congress has once again resorted to political attack over PM Modi's upcoming event 'Howdy, Modi'. Targeting the Prime Minister's event in Houston, Texas, senior Congress leader Kapil Sibal on Tuesday termed 'Howdy Modi' an 'external extravaganza'. He further claimed that such 'extravaganzas are okay for publicity', adding that it 'won't result in prosperity for the ordinary people of India'. He later called for a Howdy, Modi-like event in India where people can tell PM Modi about their grievances.
"If it is Howdy Modi outside India, it should be Howdy Modi inside India also. Modi should go to the rural areas of this country and have an event like Howdy Modi where the people of India tell him what they are facing. I hope he has these events. These are external extravaganzas for both internal and external consumptions. Extravaganzas don't result in prosperity for the ordinary people of this country. Extravaganzas are okay for publicity. What we need is hardcore attention to the people of India and what they are facing," Kapil Sibal said speaking to reporters.
The Congress party has been targeting PM Narendra Modi over the mega-event at Houston, Texas on September 22. Following the announcement by the United States that President Donald Trump will be accompanying PM Modi on the stage during his address, Congress Lok Sabha leader Adhir Ranjan Chowdhury said that the event is futile. Adding that PM Modi's speech at 'Howdy, Modi' will not translate into income for India, the Congress leader said that there is no point in just giving speeches. Furthermore, Congress leader Abhishek Manu Singhvi took a dig at PM Modi's event by sharing a quote by Elton John, which reads: "I think performers are all show-offs anyway. Unless you show off, you're not going to get noticed".
PM Modi and US President Donald Trump are all set to share the stage at the 'Howdy, Modi' event in Houston on September 22. This is going to be a much larger event than his previous addresses at Madison Square Garden in New York and the SAP Center in San Jose, with the presence of over 50,000 attendees. Howdy, Modi is Prime Minister's third major address to the Indian-American community after securing the government in his second term. The audience will also witness a 90-minute cultural program titled, 'Woven: The Indian-American Story' celebrating the contributions of Indian-Americans to the cultural, and social landscape of the US.