Houston, United States, Sep 22 : A day before President Donald Trump meets Pakistani leader Imran Khan, Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Sunday painted a gloomy and pro-terror image of India's western neighbour and mastered a standing ovation in favour of American battle against terror.
The Prime Minister said whether it is 9/11 in America or Mumbai terror attack of 26/11 in India, ''everybody knows where the conspirators of these terror activities are found''. In what is seen as taking India's ties with the US to a new scale, Mr Modi also virtually endorsed US President Trump for a second term and echoing his own election slogan said - ‘Abki Baar Trump Sarkar‘.
The presidential polls in the US are due in 2020 and Mr Modi, undoubtedly a popular leader among overseas Indians, making the statement in front of nearly 50,000 Indian-Americans at the ‘Howdy, Modi’ event would signal something big for Mr Trump.
It was the first time that an incumbent US President has addressed a rally with a foreign leader in the United States. Mr Modi also hailed Trump's “sense of leadership" and the resolve to make America great again. “His name is familiar to every person on the planet. His name comes up almost every conversation in the world on global politics...From CEO to commander in chief, from boardrooms to oval office, from studio to global stage. It is my honour and privilege to welcome him here," Mr Modi said at 'Howdy Modi' event amid repeated applause from the capacity crowd.
“When I met him for the first time, he said India has a true friend in White House. Your presence here today is great testimony to that. In these years, our two nations have taken the relationship to new heights,” Modi said.
Prime Minister Modi lashed out at Pakistan for pursuing a policy of hatred against India while President Trump said - ''We are committed to protecting innocent civilians from the threat of radical Islamic terrorism''.
In fact, Mr Trump's remarks drew a 50,000 strong capacity crowd of Indian Americans and US lawmakers stand up in approval. Without naming Pakistan, Mr Modi said, ''Some people have made it a habit to pursue hatred against India as the nucleus of their politics.'' ''There are the same people who thrive in violence and trouble and are sponsors of terrorism...They nurture terrorism and the entire world knows their identity,'' the Prime Minister said amid strong applause from the crowd which has gathered for a rare historic occasion.
''Time has come to fight terrorism and also take decisive steps against those who support terrorism,'' Modi said obviously trying to build a pressure on the US leadership.
''I would like to emphasise that President Trump is firmly with us in this fight," he said and urged the gathering to give a standing ovation to the President for his pledge to fight terror. Addressing the 'Howdy Modi' gala event here, Mr Modi referred to his government's decision to abrogate Article 370 and said the new measure will ensure equality and development in Jammu and Kashmir.
''This was an internal matter of India but it has disturbed those people who cannot run their own country," Modi said.
Prime Minister Modi will be leaving for New York and is slated for a crucial bilateral engagement with President Trump on September 24. (UNI)