Overseas Friends of BJP to celebrate PM Modi's third swearing-in 22 US cities

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Members and supporters of the Overseas Friends of BJP take part in a rally in support of Prime Minister Narendra Modi ahead of upcoming Lok Sabha elections in India, in USA, Sunday, March 31, 2024.

Members and supporters of the Overseas Friends of BJP take part in a rally in support of Prime Minister Narendra Modi ahead of upcoming Lok Sabha elections in India, in USA, Sunday, March 31, 2024.

Washington: Supporters of Prime Minister Narendra Modi are planning to celebrate his third swearing-in in 22 cities across the United States, a senior leader from Overseas Friends of BJP-USA has said.

The celebrations in cities, including New York, Jersey City, Washington DC, Boston, Tampa, Atlanta, Houston, Dallas, Chicago, Los Angeles, and San Francisco, would be spread over the current and the coming weekends.

“Victory celebrations will be held from this Friday to next Sunday in 22 cities in the US,” OFBJP-USA President Adapa Prasad told PTI on Friday.

During the election campaign, OFBJP-USA and its members conducted several awareness campaigns in various American cities that ranged from car rallies to calling people in India.

The BJP is the largest party in Lok Sabha, and this is the first time since 1962 that a prime minister has been voted to power for the third consecutive term.

Prime Minister Modi is set to take oath for a third consecutive term, a first in over 60 years.

“This is a historic occasion and a proud moment for all of us,” said Chandrakant Patel, former president of OFBJP-USA, who is hosting the first of the series of victory celebrations in Tampa, Florida.

Once the new government settles, Prasad said OFBJP-USA plans to launch an advocacy campaign to strengthen the India-US relationship. “We would mobilise the Indian diaspora to strengthen the India-US relationship,” he said.

The group is also planning to reach out to the prime minister to establish an NRI Commission to be the point person for all the issues related to overseas Indians and the diaspora.

A large number of Indians living overseas are facing problems related to issues like properties and even minor issues like matching their bank signatures.

“We are seeking an NRI commission which would be the point person for all issues related to us,” he said.

Voting rights for NRI is another issue that OFBJP-USA plans to take up with the new government. Under the current system, an NRI must travel to India to exercise their right to franchise, which is very expensive, he noted.

Results of India's mammoth elections announced on June 4 showed the ruling National Democratic Alliance coalition led by Prime Minister Modi being re-elected to power for a historic third consecutive term. It also showed a resurgence in the seats held by an Opposition coalition led by the Congress.

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