After making an electrifying entry at the Howdy Modi event in Houston, Texas, PM Modi addressed 50,000 people from the Indian-American community at NRG Stadium on Sunday evening. In his speech, the PM drew reference to the 2019 elections and hailed India's democracy.
Addressing the cheering crowd, PM Modi said, "There are many of you who have contributed to the celebration of democracy aka 2019 elections in India this year. It showcased India's democracy in front of the world."
"More than 610 million people exercised their rights in the elections this year, which is actually double the total population of America," he added.
Highlighting the participation of women and youth in polls this year, PM Modi said, "80 million youths were first-time voters in 2019 elections. Also, in the history of India's democracy, this was the time when a maximum number of women came out to vote."
Further celebrating the record-breaking victory of the BJP in the Lok Sabha Polls this year, PM Modi said "2019 elections have set yet another record, as for the first time in 6 decades, government has been formed with a majority. After completing 5 years of service, this government returned to power with more even more votes. The credit goes to the people of the country."
In one of the biggest events celebrating the bilateral relationship between India and the USA, the Howdy, Modi! event was organized by the non-profit Texas India Forum, in Houston. Both PM Modi and US President Donald Trump attended the global summit. Taglined- 'Shared Dreams, Bright Futures', 'Howdy Modi' highlighted the tremendous contribution of Indo-Americans in the United States and the strong and lasting partnership between India and the US.
The cultural programme preceding PM Modi's address showcased Indian-American artists from Texas and elsewhere, portrayed how the community is woven into the larger tapestry of American life. It involved broad-based community participation across the United States.
The 90-minute music, dance, and multimedia show featured close to 400 artists and community members from Texas and across the nation. There were 27 groups performing in a live and multimedia experience that showcased the diversity in the Indian-American community, organizers said.
(With inputs from PTI)