Republic TV spoke to the Mayor of Houston Sylvester Turner ahead of the 'Howdy, Modi' event in Texas in the United States on Saturday, just a day ahead of the mega-event. Mayor Turner said that for Houston, the even is as big as Super Bowl, which is a huge sporting spectacle in the United States. Turner said the number of people and the kind of dignitaries attending the event makes 'Howdy, Modi!' as big as the Super Bowl. He said that the city is treating it important as the annual football championship game.
"Yes, it is a Super Bowl Sunday when you have the Prime Minister Modi come at the NRG Stadium in the city of Houston along with the President of US... there will be Governors, Senators, lot of Congress-persons, over 50,000 people. Frankly, we are treating as a Super Bowl event," Mayor Sylvester Turner said. He also said that the event has been organised very efficiently. He said that every single detail was planned out because they want it all to go smoothly.
Playing a warm host to Prime Minister Modi ahead of his Houston visit for the mega Howdy Modi event, the Governor of Texas Greg Abbott, in a video message, elaborated on the affability shared between India and the state of Texas. In an exclusive video message, the Texas Governor accentuated on the 'enduring' bond that is rooted in 'shared values, cultural ties and economic partnership' of both the regions.
"Mr. Prime Minister, it was an honour to meet with you in New Delhi last year. We had the opportunity to discuss ways in which India and Texas can continue to work together towards a brighter future. I want you to know, that on behalf of the entire state of Texas, we say welcome to you. Please enjoy your visit and please return again," he added.