Hoping to meet PM Modi on his visit to US: Tulsi Gabbard

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NEW YORK: US presidential candidate Tusli Gabbard issued a clarification about her inability to attend an event that is scheduled to be addressed by Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi and US President Donald Trump in Houston.

Gabbard, who is widely followed by Indians particularly BJP supporters, reported refused to attend the event, according to a news report.

The US Congresswoman, however, said that the said news article was misinformed, saying that she was still hoping to meet the Indian PM.

“This article is misinformed. I’m not attending the Houston event due to previously scheduled presidential campaign events. However I’m hoping to meet PM Modi on his visit to discuss the importance of maintaining the strong partnership of the world’s oldest & largest democracies,” Ms Gabbard tweeted.

Organization for Minorities of India quoted a source as saying that Tulsi Gabbard has refused an invitation to join Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s September 22 pep rally in Houston, Texas.

Gabbard’s decision to drop out of the event, dubbed “Howdy Modi,” follows on the heels of Congressman Ro Khanna’s statement, issued last month, that “it’s the duty of every American politician of Hindu faith to stand for pluralism, reject Hindutva, and speak for equal rights for Hindus, Muslims, Sikhs, Buddhists, and Christians.” Her action marks a significant change in engagement with India’s controversial premier considering she has previously met with him on four occasions.

“Khanna’s statement was immediately recognized by South Asian politicos as a seismic shift in Indo-centric politics,” wrote Amar Shergill on September 3. An attorney who serves as an executive board member of the California Democratic Party, Shergill continued, “He is the highest ranking American elected official of Indian origin, with a deep understanding of and connection to South Asian politics, and, yet, he stated in decisive moral terms that the dominant political ideology of India must be rejected as a matter of fundamental human rights.”