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On Return from US, PM Modi Recalls A Sleepless Night 3 Years Ago When He Waited for News on Surgical Strikes

Modi returned to Delhi on Saturday night from his trip to the US where he addressed the United Nations General Assembly and several events, including the 'Howdy, Modi!' diaspora gathering.


Updated:September 29, 2019, 9:08 AM IST
On Return from US, PM Modi Recalls A Sleepless Night 3 Years Ago When He Waited for News on Surgical Strikes
PM Narendra Modi waves to his supporters after returning from a week-long US trip. (PTI)

New Delhi: Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Saturday, on his return here from a week-long trip to the United States, said that respect and enthusiasm for India has increased significantly on the world stage in the last five years.

Addressing a gathering outside the Palam Airport where he touched down on Saturday night, Modi said that the grand 'Howdy, Modi!' diaspora event in Houston in Texas saw the attendance of US President Donald Trump and both Republicans and Democrats. He said what stood out was the manner in which the Indian community in the US showcased their presence.

Modi thanked everyone for turning out in large numbers. "This has been a memorable welcome back home. On this occasion, I bow to each and every Indian," he said.

"After assuming office in 2014, I went to the UN. I went to the UN even now. In these five years, I have seen a big change," he said. "The respect for India, the enthusiasm towards India has increased significantly. This is due to 130 crore Indians."

"The 'Howdy, Modi!' event in Houston was grand. President Trump was present there. 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," he added.

Modi also 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 returned to Delhi on Saturday night from his trip to the US where he addressed the United Nations General Assembly and several events, including the "Howdy, Modi!" diaspora gathering.

The BJP organised a grand welcome for him outside the Palam Technical Area where thousands of party workers gathered. He also undertook a roadshow for which tight security arrangements were made by the Delhi Police.

Before leaving for Delhi, Modi thanked the American people for the "exceptional welcome, warmth and hospitality" and expressed confidence that the diverse range of programmes he attended during the stay will greatly benefit India and its development trajectory.

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.

"The prime minister has enhanced the glory of the nation through his statesmanship which was at display during his unprecedented US visit," said Delhi BJP president Manoj Tiwari.

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.

Police said 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.

(With inputs from agencies)

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