Organizers of the ‘Howdy Modi’ event in Houston, Texas, Sept. 22, say there has been a big response in the first week alone from Indian-Americans around the country eager to meet India’s Prime Minister Narendra Modi.
“Over 25,000 attendees have signed up in the first week alone, and there are more than 1000 volunteers and 650 Welcome Partner organizations,” an Aug. 5, press release from the Texas India Forum, which is hosting the event.
Organizers project a crowd of 50,000 people at the event to be held at the NRG Stadium in Houston. Before the Prime Minister addresses the crowd, there will be a cultural program that puts a spotlight on Indian-American contributions to the United States, TIF said.
As the planning meetings for the event continue, TIF says, “There has been a spontaneous outpouring of support across the community, with many organizations coming forward to contribute in various ways.”
More than 300 buses may be deployed to transport attendees from locations around the greater Houston area, TIF said.
“We are pleased to have such widespread involvement from the community as we get prepared for this major event,” Jugal Malani, convener of the “Howdy, Modi!” organizing committee, is quoted saying in the press release.
The organizers say the event “will involve broad-based community participation across the United States.”
Registration for the general public will be open Aug. 12, TIF said. Currently, only members of ‘Welcome Partner’ organizations are allowed to register.