Ahmedabad, Mar 5: Amidst the unseemly controversy over some activists forcing the Wharton India Economic Forum to 'disinvite' Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi, it has emerged that he will address Indian-Americans in New Jersey and Chicago via video conferencing on Mar 10.
This means that instead of conveying his views to members of a small student body, the Gujarat CM will be interacting with a much larger audience. A statement released by the organisers, the Overseas Friends of BJP, said that the Community Outreach Programme will begin at 7 p.m Central Time in Chicago and 8 p.m Eastern Time in New Jersey.
The venues are: TV Asia Auditorium (76 National Road, Edison, New Jersey 08817) and Holiday Inn (3405 Algonquin Road, Rolling Meadows, Illinois 60008)
"Shri Narendra Modi will address the gatherings in both the places simultaneously via videoconference. A large number of NRIs are expected to attend the Community Outreach Programmes in both the places. In addition, the event will be watched live across USA and Canada on TV Asia," the Overseas Friends of BJP noted.
"Shri Modi is the 4th term Chief Minister of Gujarat...he is the most popular leader of India decisive, visionary and fearless. He has provided all-round development of Gujarat and received acclaims from national and international community," the statement said, adding that the Gujarat CM's good governance initiatives are becoming a study of emulation for other states and countries across the world.
This is not the first time that Modi is addressing Indian-Americans through video-conference. In May 2012, he interacted with NRIs based in 12 American cities and spoke about the development in Gujarat during his tenure.
In Sep, Modi addressed the World Gujarati Conference ‘Chaalo Gujarat 2012'.