As Delhi BJP welcomes PM Modi in truly 'Howdy Modi' style outside Delhi's Palam Airport, PM Modi, on Saturday remembered the brave Indian soldiers who carried out the surgical strike in 2016, while addressing the huge crowd welcoming him. He reminisced how anxious he felt as he waited to receive news about the successful strike on 28 September 2016. He saluted the brave soldiers who had carried out the strike successfully. He also expressed pride in the Indian Army and said that they increased India's glory to newer heights.
"Today is 28 September. Three years ago, that was also a 28 September. It was on that day when I had not slept a wink throughout the night. I was awake through the night, waiting for the telephone to ring. On that 28 September, our brave soldiers' bravery was to be etched in history. Three years ago, on that 28 September, my nation's brave soldiers had conducted the surgical strikes and glorified India on a global stage. Today, remembering that day, I salute to those brave soldiers who walk carrying deaths in their hands," he said. After his address, he walked down the path to his car greeting the crowd welcoming him home.
Prior to his address, on landing at Delhi's Palam Technical Airport PM Modi was greeted by top BJP leaders as he walked down the stairs from the Air India One aircraft. Among those present in his welcome party were working President of BJP- JP Nadda, Delhi BJP leaders and Members of Parliament such as Hans Raj Hans, Dr. Harsh Vardhan, Manoj Tiwari, Ramesh Bidhuri, Vijay Goel and Satish Upadhyay. Earlier, his aircraft had a technical stop at Frankfurt. His convoy then proceeded to the stage erected 500 metres away from the airport, to address the gathering.
The Delhi unit of the BJP had organized a massive welcome programme to greet the PM on his arrival. More than 50,000 people were assembled for the event. They were dressed in traditional Indian clothes and greeted the Prime Minister with drumbeats, dance, and trumpets. Visuals showed people queuing from the airport right up to PM Modi’s residence, spanning nearly 3 km.
Prime Minister Modi has just completed his six-day US visit. He attended the mega Howdy Modi event on the first day and addressed 50,000 Indian Americans at the NRG Stadium in Houston. US President Donald Trump also made his appearance at the event. The very next day, on September 23, the Prime Minister addressed the UN Climate Summit at the UN headquarters in New York. On September 24, the Prime Minister inaugurated the Gandhi Solar park and spoke at a special program to celebrate Mahatma Gandhi's 150th birth anniversary. He also met US president for bilateral talks. He addressed the GBF on Wednesday and culminated the trip by addressing the UNGA on September 27.