There were unprecedented scenes witnessed at the ‘Howdy Modi’ event in honour of Prime Minister Narendra Modi after he arrived in United States of America. The event not just lived up to the massive hype in the build-up, but also witnessed a camaraderie between PM Modi and Donald Trump as never seen before. Apart from their showering of praises on each other, PM Modi and President Trump indulged in a ‘lap of honour’, walking hand-in-hand and conveying their gratitude to the over 50,000-strong crowd gathered at the NRG Stadium in Houston on Sunday.
As soon as PM Modi completed his speech and descended from the stage amid rousing cheers, he went to straight to President Trump and shook hands with him. After exchanging a few words, the duo then held hands and started their walk around the stadium to thank the energetic crowd.
PM Modi and President Trump were then seen waving at the crowd, while holding hands as they walked around. Interestingly, they initially kept their hands low, before they raised it to signify not just the success of the ‘Howdy Modi’ event, but also of the Indo-US partnership.
Earlier, PM Modi had lavished praises on President Donald Trump, even tweaking his iconic slogan, “Ab Ki Baar Modi Sarkar”, by saying “Ab Ki Baar Trump Sarkar” (This time, Trump government).
Trump also returned the favour, “In my campaign for President, I promised if elected India would have a true and great friend in the White House I can tell that you never had a better friend in a President than President Donald Trump. The Prime Minister knows that."
Trump also said, "I am so thrilled to be here with one of America's most loyal friends, the Prime Minister Modi of India. And PM Modi is truly doing an exceptional job for India and for all of Indian people. It is truly my priviledge to be here today. Respectfully grateful to be joined by over 50,000 thriving, prospering and hardworking Indian community.
"Just a few months ago, 600 million Indians went to polls and voted overwhelmingly for PM Modi. Congratulations Mr Modi. That's a lot of people. Earlier this week you also marked a milestone. I hope everyone joins me in wishing you a very Happy Birthday," he said.
After the conclusion of the event, President Donald Trump tweeted, “The USA Loves India!”
The USA Loves India! https://t.co/xlfnWafxpg— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) September 22, 2019