Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Saturday reached New Delhi after concluding his 6-days U.S. visit. He was received by BJP’s working president JP Nadda and other top brass of Delhi BJP at Palam airport. PM Modi, later addressed the party workers who came in huge numbers to give a rousing welcome to their top leader.
Before leaving for India, PM Modi also thanked the American people for their “exceptional welcome, warmth and hospitality” and said that the diverse range of programmes he attended during the stay will greatly benefit India. External Affairs Ministry spokesperson Raveesh Kumar tweeted two photographs of the Prime Minister boarding his special aircraft for his return journey. “PM @narendramodi winds up a visit filled with many highlights,” he said.
Just before emplaning the special aircraft, the Prime Minister detailed his week-long visit and the programmes he attended in the U.S., including his address to the 74th UN General Assembly in New York and the mega “Howdy Modi!” event in Houston, Texas. PM Modi thanked U.S. President Donald Trump for attending the Indian diaspora event. “Community connect is at the heart of India-USA relations. I will never forget the #HowdyModi programme, made more special by the coming of @POTUS. That gesture showed how much he personally, and USA values ties with India as well as the role of our talented diaspora” he tweeted.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi also said the respect and enthusiasm for India has increased significantly on the world stage in the last five years, as he was given a rousing welcome by BJP workers on his return from nearly a week long trip to the US.
Addressing the gathering outside the Palam Airport, Modi noted that the grand ‘Howdy Modi’ diaspora event in Houston saw the attendance of US President Donald Trump and both the Republicans and the Democrats. He said what stood out was the manner in which the Indian community in the US showcased their presence.
“After assuming office in 2014, I went to the United Nations. I went to the United Nations even now. In these five years, I have seen a big change... in the eyes of the world and also the world leaders, the respect for India, the enthusiasm towards India has increased significantly.
“The main reason is because of the 130 crore Indians who elected a strong government,” the prime minister said.
All the seven BJP MPs from Delhi and its national working president J P Nadda were present at the event organised by the party unit in the city, which is preparing for assembly polls early next year.
Modi termed it as “a memorable welcome”. The Prime Minister interacted with party workers, who had lined up outside the airport with drums and cutouts of Modi and ‘Howdy Modi’ event, hailing him for his “successful” US visit.
He also undertook a roadshow for which tight security arrangements were made by the Delhi Police.
In his address to the BJP workers, Modi recalled the surgical strikes on terror launch pads in Pakistan-occupied Kashmir, saying three years ago on this day he did not sleep all night waiting for his phone to ring.
“That day marked the victory of India’s brave soldiers who did surgical strike and made the country proud,” he said.
Modi also greeted people on Navratra festival which begins on Sunday.
The prime minister returned here on Saturday night from his trip to the US where he addressed the UN General Assembly and the Climate Action Summit, besides several bilateral events, and the “Howdy Modi!” diaspora gathering.
“The prime minister has enhanced the glory of the nation through his statesmanship which was at display during his unprecedented US visit,” Delhi BJP president Manoj Tiwari said.
The Delhi BJP mobilised a large number of party workers from the districts. Buses were used to ferry the workers to the airport, said a senior party leader.
Many party workers turned up in traditional attire and performed folk dances like Bhangra on the occasion.
“The idea behind this was to show the popularity and support base of Modi across the country,” said the party leader.
“The prime minister has given to the world an incredibly significant message. His speech at UNGA brings to fore the advances made by India, not only on the economic front but also in terms of revolutionary social welfare programmes, which are empowering millions who have traditionally been left out of the governance framework,” said former Delhi BJP general secretary Ashish Sood.
Sarita Devi, a party worker from Karol Bagh, said the prime minister has “ensured” that India’s name echoes in the US.
“Modi hain to Mumkin hain,” she said, repeating the BJP’s campaign slogan during the Lok Sabha polls.
According to police, a multi-layer security arrangement was put in place for the event with deployment of 10 additional companies of police throughout the route.
“CCTV cameras were used to monitor smooth progression of PM’s convoy. Anti-sabotage teams have also been deployed along with snipers at designated rooftops to keep a thorough watch,” said a senior police officer.
Additional traffic police personnel were also deployed to tackle congestion on the route.
Here are the highlights of the address:
#WATCH PM Narendra Modi in Delhi: 3 years ago, on 28 Sept only, the brave soldiers of my country had showcased the glory of India before the world by executing the surgical strike. Remembering that night today, I salute the courage of our brave soldiers. pic.twitter.com/3EKiodnwMM— ANI (@ANI) September 28, 2019
21.00: Tomorrow onwards, the nation will mark the auspicious occasion of Navratri. The atmosphere will be festive due to Durga Puja too. I wish my fellow Indians on these special occasions: PM Modi
20.57: "It was great to listen to praises of Indians in Houston from US politicians. I have seen first hand, the power of Indians in US": PM Modi
20.56: " Three years ago, on September 28, our Indian Army successfully carried out the surgical strikes. I remeber their valour today": PM Modi
20.51: The programme in Houston, HowdyModi was grand. The coming of US President Donald Trump was special. There were Republicans and Democrats. In addition to all this, what stands out is the manner in which the Indian community in USA, in Texas and in Houston showcased their presence: PM Narendra Modi.
20.50: Indians, spread all over the world, have gained the love of the people of that country they are living in, this is also going to increase the pride of India: PM Modi
20.48: After assuming office in 2014 I went to the United Nation. I went to the UN even now. In these five years, I have seen a big change. The respect for India, the enthusiasm towards India has increased significantly. This is due to the 130 crore Indians: PM
20.47: I want to thank you all for coming in large numbers. This has been a memorable welcome back home. On this occasion, I bow to each and every Indian: PM Modi
20.39: Prime Minister Narendra Modi steps out of the aircraft steps out of the aircraft. He was received by JP Nadda,, National Working President, BJP and other leaders were present too
Prime Minister Narendra Modi arrives in Delhi, after concluding his visit to the United States of America. pic.twitter.com/nTnzzHSvus— ANI (@ANI) September 28, 2019
20.32: PM Modi reaches New Delhi's Palam airport.
19.50: 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.
19.47: Sources add that all BJP MPs, representatives from the NCR region and all ministers will be present to welcome PM Modi.
19.46: BJP has requested workers to be present in huge numbers for the event, as per sources.
19.45: Music programmes are also reportedly arranged as a part of the welcome party.
19.44: Sources further report that people will be dressed in traditional attire to welcome the PM's homecoming.
19.43: People will reportedly queue for nearly 3 km long from the Delhi airport to the Prime Minister's residence.
19.42: Around 30,000 people will be a part of the event ready to welcome PM Modi when he lands in New Delhi: Reports
19.41: Prime Minister Narendra Modi concluded his U.S. visit, thanking the American people for “exceptional welcome, warmth and hospitality”.
19.40: PM Narendra Modi to land in New Delhi soon.