PM Modi receives rousing welcome in US

The Prime Minister, Shri Narendra Modi arrives at John F Kennedy International Airport, New York on September 23, 2015.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Thursday received a rousing welcome by the members of the Indian community here. He is in the US to participate in the United Nations summit on development and give a boost to his ‘Make in India’ and ‘Digital India’ programmes.

Arriving at the Waldorf Astoria Hotel, he stepped out of his vehicle and greeted at least 500 people, waiting for him with drummers and dancers, and waved to them. Secret Service agents ran around him, trying to set up a cordon as the crowds surged and Modi tried to get closer to it.

The supporters chanted “Modi, Modi” and distributed sweets. They gathered about four hours before his arrival.

Jyoti Patel, who came from New Jersey, said they had gathered to support him because “he is a honest man and the hope of India”.

The Prime Minister will focus on various investment opportunities in India, during his meetings with CEOs in New York City on September 24th.

He will interact with CEOs from financial sector organizations including JP Morgan and Blackstone, during a roundtable meeting. He will also interact with top American CEOs at an event organized by Time Magazine and Fortune, in collaboration with the Department of Industrial Policy and Promotion. The American companies that will feature during this meeting include Lockheed Martin, Ford, IBM, PepsiCo, GE, Boeing and MasterCard, among many others.

The Prime Minister will also have a roundtable meeting on media, technology and communications.

The Prime Minister will hold a bilateral meeting with Mr. David A. Granger, President of Guyana.