Ahead of the mega 'Howdy, Modi' event in Texas in the United States on Sunday, in an exclusive interview with Republic TV, the Mayor of Houston, Sylvester Turner, said that he was honoured and humbled that Prime Minister Narendra Modi himself chose the city of Houston as the venue for the event. He also mentioned that the number of people and the significance of dignitaries attending the event makes 'Howdy, Modi!' as big as the Super Bowl, He also said that the event has been organised very efficiently and that every single detail was planned out because they want it all to go smoothly.
Speaking about the significance of Houston City and the reason for PM Modi choosing the city, Mayor Sylvester Turner said, "We have had good relations with India and there is a lot of room for it to be expanded. The very fact that PM chose the city of Houston points out to the significance that the city of Houston plays in the relationship between the United States and America."
Mayor Turner also spoke about the cultural diversity the city holds. He said, "Literally you can travel around the city on any given day and you would get a feeling that you have travelled around the globe. You can be from India and feel right at home. We are one of the largest cities in the world but we are the most diverse city. We want people to feel as though they are at home and be proud Houstonians." "The connection between the two don't have to disappear, we want that culture identification to exist in the city. We want people to feel at home and that's a part of us being diverse and inclusive all at the same time. I will be there welcoming the PM into the city of Houston. We are honoured and humbled by the fact the PM chose to come to the city of Houston," he added.
More than 50,000 people are estimated to attend the ‘Howdy Modi!’ event, which will feature PM Modi’s speech. The White House Press Secretary confirmed that the US President Donald Trump would also be present on the occasion. The Press Secretary stated that this was a great opportunity to emphasise the strong ties between people of US and India. Later, PM Modi thanked President Trump’s 'special gesture'. He also said that President Trump joining the event was a recognition of the contribution of the Indian community to American society and economy.