OFBJP-USA holds rallies across the United States to demonstrate support for BJP

Members of the Indian diaspora with placards and BJP and USA flags during the OFBJP-USA car rally on March 31, 2024, in San Francisco. PHOTO: Adapa Prasad

The Overseas Friends of Bharatiya Janata Party (OFBJP-USA) is set to organize the “Modi Ka Parivar” March on April 7, 2024, starting at Capitol Hill, and culminating at the Washington Monument in Washington DC. This March, which is also organized across the US on the same day, aims to demonstrate steadfast support for BJP, led by Prime Minister Narendra Modi, as India gears up for general elections scheduled from April 19-June 1, 2024.

National President of OFBJP-USA, Adapa Prasad, told News India Times in an exclusive interview, “There is a lot more enthusiasm than the previous two elections in India. There is a phenomenal development in infrastructure, economy, and services provided to the poor. Every single ministry has performed very well as opposed to the previous 70 years. India is now considered among the top five countries not only in economy, but in prestige as well.”

According to Prasad, BJP will get a “massive majority” and going by PM Modi’s own words BJP will secure 370 seats, and the BJP-led National Democratic Alliance with get more than 400 seats. During his recent visit to India in February, Prasad said he visited four states and came back with an assessment that BJP is headed towards a landslide victory.

The OFBJP-USA also conducted car rallies on March 31st in roughly 20 places across the United States such as Maryland, Virginia, New Jersey, Atlanta, San Francisco, Detroit, Chicago, Dallas, Austin, Raleigh, Los Angeles, and Houston.

OFBJP-USA National President Adapa Prasad presenting a Nataraj statue to Prime Minister Narendra Modi while leading a Sikh American delegation in 2019 to New Delhi, India. PHOTO: Adapa Prasad

The rallies focus on top 10 guarantees of PM Modi including Welfare Guaranteed; Empowering the Annadatas; Nari Shakti: Ahead and Beyond; Vikas bhi Virasat bhi; A Promising Ecosystem for the Amrit Peedhi; Middle Class Emerges a Winner; Indian Economy: A Story that Inspires; Digital India: A Model for the World; Abrogation of Article 370; and Bharat: A Vishwamitra in Making.

“We had enthusiastic participation from diaspora members who turned up with hundreds of cars carrying BJP and the United States flags, along with placards with messages “Ab ki Baar 400 Paar” and “Modi ka guarantee, India 3rd largest economy,” Prasad added.

Prasad also highlighted another car rally hosted by Sikhs of America in Elkridge, suburbs of Maryland, where members of the Sikh community campaigned with the main message “Sikh Americans support Modi 3.0.”

Prasad emphasized people perceive PM Modi as “sincere” and that view extends to the Sikh members based on his regular interactions. Prasad questioned, “Which Prime Minister so far has apologized to the public?” adding “He [PM Modi] did that for farm laws which were not popular among the Punjab peasantry even though [the laws] were popular in other parts of the country.”

He pointed out that Sikhs understand PM Modi apologized with “humility” even though he has done so much for their community. PM Modi did “so much for the Sikhs that nobody has done since the independence and that is in their [Sikhs] own words,” he added.

Asked whether he had prior knowledge of former Indian Ambassador to the United States, Taranjit Sandhu, who is now the BJP’s Lok Sabha candidate from the Amritsar constituency, joining politics, Prasad said “there was a general expectation that he would be joining the public service,” while noting “He is an experienced diplomat with a long career serving India in various important places and positions. His grandfather was one of the founders of the Shiromani Gurdwara Parbandhak Committee. His family’s very well-known and he himself studied in Amritsar. So, with his foreign service experience, he has a good advantage in the Amritsar constituency overall.”

Members of the Indian diaspora holding a BJP flag during the OFBJP-USA car rally on March 31, 2024, in New Jersey. PHOTO: Adapa Prasad

The OFBJP-USA kicked off its election campaign in about 20 places in the United States towards the end of February this year. Since then, the organizers held an event during Mahashivratri under the title, “Mahadev ka Ashirwad Modi Ke Saath” and hosted OFBJP-USA Holi Milan festivities in addition to joining the festivities hosted by other larger groups.

“There is tremendous support from the diaspora members since they consider PM Modi as the central figure in the elections. He is incorruptible and everyone understands that he is working hard for the sake of the nation,” added Prasad.



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