Houston, United States, Sep 22 : A large number of Indian diaspora - and mostly admirers of Prime Minister Narendra Modi - have started gathering at the sprawling NRG Stadium here for the grand 'Howdy Modi' show.
Mr Donald Trump will also join Mr Modi at the rally and thus honour the grand occasion making it first for an incumbent US President to address such a rally with a foreign leader and any diaspora.
In demographic sense, all eyes will be on two quintessential ‘masters of ceremonies’ – Modi and Trump when they face over 50,000 Indian Americans.
Republic Hindu Coalition leader Shalabh Kumar said he has been following the career graph of both -- PM Modi and the US President -- and had also advocated for Indian-Americans to vote for President Trump in 2016 elections.
'Mr Trump has also delivered on what he has said in 2016 and held Pakistan accountable for terrorism,' he said.
An Indian-American 16-year-old specially-abled boy, Sparsh Shah, will be singing Jana Gana Mana — the Indian national anthem at the event.
Dhols, dhamaal and dances started at the NRG stadium before Prime Minister Modi arrives to address the historic event. Attendees were seen painting their faces in the tricolor and the stars and stripes.
Maharashtra's Pride Nashik Dhol and Gujarat 's popular singer Falguni Pathak with her team will join the big event. Diverse performers have been rehearsing for the cultural programme.
Gates have been opened and people from all walks of life and all age, have already reached the stadium. The meet has been organised with the tagline of 'Shared Dreams, Bright Futures' and will display the political prowess of Indian Americans and also highlight the contributions of the dynamic community to enrich the American life.
'Howdy Modi' is a shortened form of 'How do you do, Modi' and the expected gathering of 50,000 people from about 20 countries and 48 provinces in the US will be the largest gathering ever for an elected foreign leader visiting the US, other than the Pope.
"Howdy Houston! It's a bright afternoon here in Houston. Looking forward to a wide range of programmes in this dynamic and energetic city," Prime Minister had Modi tweeted soon after he landed here.
Among the enthusiastic crowd who gathered at the stadium - well before the scheduled time - echoed similar sentiment in favour of a stronger India-America friendship and enhanced ties in the future, especially in the context of developments happening around the world.
"We love Modiji....", echoed a few while US-based educationist said 'Modiji, You are doing a great job in India'.
Others said - "Modi is great, Trump is great and we all are for Indo-US friendship".
'Organising such events also help strengthening Indo-US ties,' echoed a Texas-based businessman.
For those attending the Howdy Modi event, according to the NRG park clear bag policy, backpacks, purses, and diaper bags are not permitted.
Another woman participant identifying herself as a Kashmiri Pandit, said - "Modiji please carry on the good works. It's all, perfect".
Earlier in the day, a group of Kashmiri Pandit delegation met the Prime Minister here and backed his government's decision to do away with Article 370 that allegedly kept Jammu and Kashmir development-starved.(UNI)