Article 370 deprived J&K of progress, says PM at Howdy Modi show

President Donald Trump stands on stage with Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi at NRG Stadium, Sunday, Sept. 22, 2019, in Houston, during a "Howdy Modi: Shared Dreams, Bright Futures" event. AP/PTI Photo

Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Sunday (September 22) asserted that Article 370 that gave special rights to Jammu and Kashmir deprived the people of the state of any progress. Patting the Indian Parliament for abrogating the controversial provision, he called upon the audience to give a standing ovation to the MPs of India.

Addressing the Howdy Modi gathering in Houston, the Prime Minister hit out at Pakistan in a veiled manner over the issue of terrorism and asked where are all the terrorists found? He also complimented US President Donald Trump for fighting against terrorism with all his might. He further said that time has come to take decisive action against terror.

Earlier, he said that all was well in India. talking about the atmosphere at Houston he said, “This atmosphere is unprecedented & extraordinary, when you talk of Texas then everything is on a grand scale. I’m seeing history being made, and a new chemistry also.”

“This event is called Howdy Modi, but I am no one, I am a common man working on the directions of 130 crore Indians,” he said.

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Hailing  Trump as a great friend of India, Prime Minister Narendra Modi said ‘Ab ki baar Trump Sarkar’ at ‘Howdy Modi’ event in Houston, which is billed as the largest ever gathering of the Indian American community in the US.

With the bonhomie between the two leaders and the countries on a high, the event, in all likelihood, will take the ties between the two countries to a never-before seen level.

White House Press Secretary Stephanie Grisham had said last week that it will be a great opportunity for to emphasise the strong ties between the people of the countries and to discuss ways to deepen their energy and trade relationship.

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