With the Howdy, Modi! event catching attention across the world, Prime Minister Narendra Modi has taken to Twitter to invite everyone to share their ideas that he can address at the event that is held on September 22 in Houston, Texas. The Prime Minister has asked everyone to post their ideas on the Narendra Modi App.
There is great enthusiasm towards the #HowdyModi programme in Houston on 22nd. For my speech that day, I want to hear from you.— Narendra Modi (@narendramodi) September 16, 2019
Share your ideas for my address. I would refer to some of them during my remarks.
Express your thoughts on the special Open Forum on the NaMo App. pic.twitter.com/IgH97MQBDc
The White House has confirmed US President Donald Trump’s presence at the much-anticipated mega event. This is for the first time in recent history that the leaders of the two largest democracies would be addressing a joint rally anywhere in the world. More than 50,000 Indian-Americans from across the US have registered mega "Howdy, Modi! Shared Dreams, Bright Futures" event to be held at the NRG Stadium in Houston. "Howdy", short for 'How do you do?', is a friendly greeting commonly used in southwestern United States.
In a statement, White House Press Secretary Stephanie Grisham said, "It (Modi-Trump joint rally) will be a great opportunity to emphasize the strong ties between the people of the United States and India. It would reaffirm the strategic partnership between the world's oldest and largest democracies, and to discuss ways to deepen their energy and trade relationship." This would also be the first time that an American President would be addressing thousands of Indian-Americans at one place in the US. The statement added that Trump will be accompanied by a bipartisan delegation of Governors, Members of Congress, Mayors and other public officials.
The Indian Prime Minister had approached the US President at the sidelines of G-7 Summit in France to grace the occasion with his presence. Indian ambassador to the US Harsh Vardhan Shringla called Trump's impending participation in the massive 'Howdy, Modi!' event in Houston on September 22, as "historic" and "unprecedented". "It is reflective of the strong bonds of friendship and cooperation that has developed between India and the US," Shringla told PTI.