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Howdy Modi: Thousands attend Modi- Trump event in Houston

Updated : 2019-09-23 11:18:59

Tens of thousands of Indian-Americans packed into a Houston stadium Sunday for a rally with Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi, joined by US President Donald Trump, in a rare mass show of support for a foreign leader on US soil.

US President Donald Trump and Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi shared a stage and showered each other with praise on Sunday at a "Howdy, Modi!" rally attended by upward of 50,000 people, a rare mass showing for a foreign leader on American soil.

Trump, calling the gathering a "profoundly historic event," was greeted with a standing ovation by the Indian-American crowd and his speech was interrupted several times by roars of approval.

The US leader hailed the India-US relationship and the Indian-American community as he reached out to an ethnic group that voted overwhelmingly against him in 2016.

Members of the Hare Krishna movement set up a sign before a
Members of the Hare Krishna movement set up a sign before a "Howdy, Modi" rally celebrating India's Prime Minister Narendra Modi at NRG Stadium in Houston, Texas. (REUTERS/Jonathan Bachman)
Ramesh Modi, of Houston, poses for a photograph before a
Ramesh Modi, of Houston, poses for a photograph before a "Howdy, Modi" rally celebrating India's Prime Minister Narenda Modi at NRG Stadium in Houston, Texas. (REUTERS/Jonathan Bachman)
People celebrate before a
People celebrate before a "Howdy, Modi" rally celebrating India's Prime Minister Narendra Modi at NRG Stadium in Houston, Texas. (REUTERS/Jonathan Bachman)
Houston: Prime Minister Narendra Modi interacting with the Dawoodi Bohra community, in Houston, USA. (Photo: IANS/PIB)
Houston: Prime Minister Narendra Modi interacting with the Dawoodi Bohra community, in Houston, USA. (Photo: IANS/PIB)
Houston: Prime Minister Narendra Modi interacting with the Sikh Community, in Houston, USA. (Photo: IANS/PIB)
Houston: Prime Minister Narendra Modi interacting with the Sikh Community, in Houston, USA. (Photo: IANS/PIB)
Houston: Prime Minister Narendra Modi meets a delegation of Kashmiri Pandits in Houston. (Photo: IANS/MEA)
Houston: Prime Minister Narendra Modi meets a delegation of Kashmiri Pandits in Houston. (Photo: IANS/MEA)
Houston: Artistes perform during the 'Howdy Modi' event at NRG Stadium in Houston. (Photo: IANS/BJP)
Houston: Artistes perform during the 'Howdy Modi' event at NRG Stadium in Houston. (Photo: IANS/BJP)
Houston: Artistes perform during the 'Howdy Modi' event at NRG Stadium in Houston. (Photo: IANS/BJP)
Houston: Artistes perform during the 'Howdy Modi' event at NRG Stadium in Houston. (Photo: IANS/BJP)
Houston: Artistes perform during the 'Howdy Modi' event at NRG Stadium in Houston. (Photo: IANS/BJP)
Houston: Artistes perform during the 'Howdy Modi' event at NRG Stadium in Houston. (Photo: IANS/BJP)
Houston: Artistes perform during the 'Howdy Modi' event at NRG Stadium in Houston. (Photo: IANS/BJP)
Houston: Artistes perform during the 'Howdy Modi' event at NRG Stadium in Houston. (Photo: IANS/BJP)
Houston: People during the 'Howdy Modi' event at NRG Stadium in Houston, USA, on Sep 22, 2019. (Photo: IANS/MEA)
Houston: People during the 'Howdy Modi' event at NRG Stadium in Houston, USA, on Sep 22, 2019. (Photo: IANS/MEA)
US President Donald Trump and Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi during a
US President Donald Trump and Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi during a "Howdy, Modi" rally celebrating Modi at NRG Stadium in Houston, Texas, US September 22, 2019. (REUTERS/Daniel Kramer)
US President Donald Trump speaks during the
US President Donald Trump speaks during the "Howdy Modi" event in Houston, Texas. (REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst)
Prime Minister Narendra Modi takes the stage during a
Prime Minister Narendra Modi takes the stage during a "Howdy, Modi" rally celebration at NRG Stadium in Houston, Texas. (REUTERS/Daniel Kramer)
Supporters react during a
Supporters react during a "Howdy, Modi" rally celebrating India's Prime Minister Narendra Modi at NRG Stadium in Houston. (REUTERS/Daniel Kramer)
Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi speaks during a
Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi speaks during a "Howdy, Modi" rally at NRG Stadium in Houston. (REUTERS/Daniel Kramer)
People watch US President Donald Trump speaking during a
People watch US President Donald Trump speaking during a "Howdy, Modi" rally celebrating India's Prime Minister Narendra Modi at NRG Stadium in Houston. (REUTERS/Jonathan Bachman)
India's Prime Minister Narendra Modi stands with several United States dignitaries during a
India's Prime Minister Narendra Modi stands with several United States dignitaries during a "Howdy, Modi" rally at NRG Stadium in Houston. (REUTERS/Jonathan Bachman)
Cardboard cutout depicting India's Prime Minister Narendra Modi is seen during the
Cardboard cutout depicting India's Prime Minister Narendra Modi is seen during the "Howdy Modi" event in Houston. (REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst)
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