The Opposition has targetted PM Narendra Modi over the mega-event 'Howdy Modi' which will take place in Houston, Texas on September 22 which US President Donald Trump is set to attend. Congress' Lok Sabha leader said on Monday that PM Modi attending the event is futile. He said that PM Modi's speech will not translate into income for India. He spoke about the condition of the Indian economy.
"PM Modi keeps going to America often, but we don't benefit from it, there is not point in just giving speeches. The condition today is such that there is more spending in the country and Modiji will be meeting the big corporates there. But it doesn't translate into any income for the country. We must think about bringing in income into the country," he said.
US Press Secretary in a statement announced that US President Donald Trump will be traveling to Houston, Texas, and Wapakoneta, Ohio to accentuate the important partnerships between the United States, India, and Australia. The US statement confirmed that Donald Trump would be participating in the "Howdy, Modi!" event alongside PM Modi. 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."
The Houston event will be Modi's third major address to the Indian-American community after he became the prime minister in 2014 and the first after his re-election in May. The previous two were at the Madison Square Garden in New York in 2014 and the Silicon Valley in 2016. Both the events were attended by more than 20,000 people. The "Howdy, Modi!" event is being organised by non-profit Texas India Forum, a recently-formed representative body of hundreds of Indian American organisations in Texas and other parts of the US.