From Ahmedabad, Modi to continue his omnipresence in the US

To address the OFBJP meet in Florida.

By The American Bazaar Staff

NEW YORK: There may be a huge furor over the Chief Minister of Gujarat, Narendra Modi, not being able to travel to the US because his visa got canceled years ago, but the fact of the matter is that he is becoming more familiar to the Diaspora here in the US – albeit through video speeches he renders from Ahmedabad time and again.

Now, in yet another telecast this year, Modi is going to reach out and speak his mind to the Diaspora – this time at the annual national convention of the Overseas Friends of BJP – USA (OFBJP) at Tampa, Florida, on September 21st, six days before the Prime Minister Dr. Manmohan Singh will be feted by President Barack Obama at the White House.

Perhaps the largest political gathering of its kind ever in the US to support a political party in India, the meet in Tampa is expected to bring around 800-1000 delegates from all around the country, said a press release issued by the OFBJP. Modi’s speech will be telecast by TV Asia in the US and Canada, and by various other channels in Europe and India.

The OFBJP President, Jayesh Patel, announced that the theme of the conference is “Mission 2014: BJP 272+”, in reference to the goal of the BJP to get a majority in next year’s general elections. The event will be inaugurated by the BJP National Vice President Smriti Irani. The meet will also kick-start the OFBJP’s campaign for ‘Congress Mukt Bharat Nirman.’

According to the release, the meet will have forums on women and youth, deliberations on various topics related to the conference theme, including the role of social media in awakening Indian diaspora and people of India, during various structured sessions.  OFBJP in its political resolution is going to present a charge sheet against the ruling UPA government.

The OFBJP claims that “several eminent personalities and leaders are attending this convention” and BJP President Rajnath Singh is sending his well wishes and a message to the Indian Diaspora.

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