Houston, United States, Sep 22 : A grand and historic welcome was offered by US lawmakers as Prime Minister Narendra Modi took world's energy capital by storm as he walked into the sprawling NRG stadium for the 'Howdy Modi' rally on Sunday.
Attended by about 50,000 Indian-Americans, mostly his admirers, the mega event will be also addressed by US President Donald Trump.
'It surely will be a great day', Prime Minister Modi tweeted minutes before he entered the venue of the show where he was received by Houston Mayor Sylvester Turner, who presented a large key to him symbolising a grand welcome to Indian Prime Minister at the energy capital of the world.
'Thank you Houston for such amazing affection! ,' said a tweet from the Prime Minister's Office.
The whole NRG stadium erupted with excitement when Mr Modi entered the NRG stadium.
A large number of US lawmakers including Texas Senator John Cornyn welcomed the Prime Minister - who has been given the unique and rare distinction of addressing a rally of diaspora for the first time in history by an incumbent US President.
Senator Steny Cornyn said the Indian culture has become a fabric of life style in Texas and Houston areas.
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.
Democrat Congressman and Majority Leader of the US House of Representatives Hoyer said both the countries share the same values as the Constitution of India and America begins with the same three words - 'we, the people'.
'As we welcome Prime Minister Modi to Texas, we are inspired by the Modern India but are also mindful of the challenges it faces,' he said, adding as India enters new frontiers of space, it is also determined to lift millions of people out of poverty.
He said like Americans, Indians are also proud of their traditions to secure a future according to Gandhi's teachings and Nehru's vision of India -- 'a secular democracy which respects pluralism and human rights'.
Hindu bhajan 'Vaishnav jan ki', which was popular with Mahatma Gandhi, was performed at the stage.
'On behalf of all of us, I want to thank the thousands of Indian-Americans for what they have done to make America a stronger nation,' he said, adding the Indian-Americans have been playing a pivotal role in strengthening the Indo-US relationship.
The Prime Minister was greeted amid 'Modi Modi' chants as he shook hands with the Senators who received him with the Indian tradition of Namaskar.(UNI)