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Overseas Friends of BJP in US holds car rallies in 20 American cities supporting Modi

Adapa Prasad, president of OFBJP-USA, said the Indian American community is ‘extremely enthusiastic and motivated’ to see the Modi-led BJP and NDA cross 400 seats in the elections.

Members and supporters of the Overseas Friends of BJP take part in a rally in support of Indian prime minister Narendra Modi and his Bharatiya Janata Party ahead of upcoming general elections in India, in the US, on Sunday, March 31, 2024. (PTI Photo)

By: Shubham Ghosh

The Overseas Friends of BJP (OFBJP) in the US recently organised car rallies in 20 cities across the country to demonstrate their endorsement for a third term for prime minister Narendra Modi. They also urged the people of India to give a resounding mandate of 400-plus seats to the National Democratic Alliance led by the Hindu nationalist Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) in the upcoming general elections.

Adapa Prasad, president of OFBJP-USA, said the Indian American community is “extremely enthusiastic and motivated” to see the Modi-led BJP and NDA cross 400 seats, something a political party has done only once since independence when the Indian National Congress led by Rajiv Gandhi secured 415 seats in a House of 543 members.

Prasad also said that he had never witnessed such a level of enthusiasm among the Indian-American diaspora.

Vasudev Patel, national general secretary of OFBJP-USA said, “The community has participated enthusiastically in the OFBJP organised car rallies from east coast to west coast and north to south in about 20 cities in a coordinated fashion.”

Rallies were conducted in the Virginia and Maryland areas of the Washington DC metro area, while in New Jersey, about 200 vehicles took part in a carnival atmosphere.

In Silicon Valley, a caravan of solidarity embarked from Fremont Warm Springs/South Fremont BART Station to the Indian Community Center in Milpitas, California, covering significant ground literally and metaphorically in the heart of the San Francisco Bay Area.

The rally saw an overwhelming turnout with about 200 cars and 300 participants from various parts of the Bay Area, signalling a strong wave of support for the Modi government and its bid for re-election in 2024, a media release said.

The participants, showcasing an array of banners, flags, and slogans, created a vibrant spectacle that drew attention and admiration from onlookers, emphasising the deep-rooted enthusiasm and commitment of the Indian diaspora towards India’s progress and leadership on the global stage.

In Atlanta, Georgia, about 150 cars have participated.

Similar car rallies were held in cities like Austin, Dallas, Chicago, Raleigh, and Detroit. Cars in these rallies were decked up with BJP flags and American flags and displayed placards that said: “Modi ka guarantee, India 3rd largest economy”; “Ab ki baar 400 paar” (Will cross 400 seats next time) and “Modi 3.0″.

Modi’s BJP alone won 303 seats in the 2019 Lok Sabha elections and the NDA’s tally reached 351.

At these rallies, the participants showcased an array of banners, flags, and slogans, creating a vibrant spectacle that drew attention and admiration from onlookers, emphasising the deep-rooted enthusiasm and commitment of the Indian diaspora towards India’s progress and leadership on the global stage.

Attendees of the rally voiced their appreciation for the numerous accomplishments of the Modi government, particularly its contributions towards India’s development and its role in promoting world peace.

The participants unanimously expressed their desire to see the Modi government return to power in the 2024 elections, reflecting their confidence in the administration’s vision and leadership.

Also, Members of the Sikh community from in and around the American capital held a car rally to support Prime Minister Modi for his third reelection stating that this is not only the need of the hour for India but also for the world to bring in peace and stability.

The car rally was held in a Maryland suburb of Washington DC.

The participating members first went to the gurdwaras and then came to the rally venue. The cars were decked up with the flags of the BJP flags and the American national flag.

(With PTI inputs)

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