‘Abki Baar Trump Sarkar’
‘Abki Baar Trump Sarkar’
The “Howdy, Modi!” event in the United States was held in Houston, Texas on September 22 and about 50,000 people of Indian origin from across the US attended it. The event was organised and funded by volunteers and neither BJP nor the government has any role as claimed by BJP’s overseas affairs department head Vijay Chauthaiwale. Furthermore the event was attended by both Democrats and Republicans.
Addressing the mammoth crowd in Houston with Donald Trump by his side, Modi has lavish praise for Trump when said “we in India have connected well” with Trump. ‘Abki Baar Trump Sarkar’.”
He continued: “He has achieved much for the US and the world. When I met him for the first time, he said: ‘India has a true friend in the White House.’ ”
It was evident even when Trump and Modi arrived on stage together that the star of the evening for the charged-up audience was the Indian leader who got rousing cheers every few sentences.
Modi got standing ovation by almost 50,000 Indian-Americans when he talked about how his government had abolished Article 370 and thus, he insisted, extended “the rights of other Indians to Jammu & Kashmir.” No doubt Modi had delivered a show-stealing performance at the event.
Besides Modi, Trump also addressed the gathering. For the first time in history, a US President joined an Indian Prime Minister to address a joint rally and the Houston event turned out a gala success with the bonhomie between PM Modi and Donald Trump put on display yet again.
However, the remark ‘Abki Baar Trump Sarkar’ by Modi caused a storm within political circles in India. Senior Congress leader Anand Sharma hit out at Prime Minister Narendra Modi that the later has intentionally endorsed Trump’s candidature for the 2020 presidential election thus violating the foreign policy by interfering in the elections of another country. A section of social media too has similar opinion.
Responding to questions raised by journalists about Modi’s “Abki Baar Trump Sarkar” remark at the event BJP’s overseas affairs department head Vijay Chauthaiwale emphasized that the prime minister was referring to the US president’s speech at the Republican Hindu Coalition and not endorsing anyone.
External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar too contradicted the accusation that PM Modi ended up campaigning for Donald Trump at the Houston rally when he said “Abki Baar Trump Sarkar”. He clarified that when PM Modi referred to the “Abki Baar Trump Sarkar” clarion call for the 2020 US Presidential elections, he was merely referring to what Trump himself had said to appeal to the 50,000 Indian-Americans gathered at the event on September 22.