Gandhinagar, March 28: It seems the pro-youth mantra of Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi has found its appeal in the United States as well. On Thursday, a team of US Congressional and business delegates, which is currently touring India, met Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi and it was led by 32-year-old Republican member of the House of Representatives from Illinois, Aaron Schock.
Schock was the first US lawmaker who had congratulated Modi after the latter won his third term as the CM of Gujarat last December. He said Modi, who had two election results in his favour, was elected by a diverse coalition of voters across religion, education level and social classes. He added that Modi's message cut across dividing lines and highlighted what united, rather than what divided, the people he represented.
The current trip by the US delegates, organised in conjunction with the National Indian American Public Policy Institute, will also feature meetings with government officials, Mps and business leaders. The delegates, who will be in India till April 7, will also visit Bangalore and New Delhi.
The US has been denying Modi a visa citing his alleged role in the 2002 Gujarat progroms although other western countries have lifted the ban from over him. However, of late, American businesses have warmed up to him.
President of US-India Business Council (USIBC) Ron Somers recently praised Modi at the Vibrant Gujarat 2013 Summit in Gandhinagar which was organised soon after the BJP leader won his third term in the office.
USIBC is an advocacy group of 300 top American and many Indian companies seeking strong commercial relations with India. Somers had said that Modi had created a magnet for investment and he was joined by various other foreign dignitaries in praising the chief minister.
Meanwhile, Modi tweeted later that he told the American delegates about how Gujarat has adopted a faster, inclusive and environment-friendly process of development. He also expressed his gratitude for them.