In front of Trump, Modi blasts Pakistan

Prime Minister Narendra Modi and US President Donald Trump  shared the stage at Houston and pledged to fight terrorism while heaping praise on each other's achievements. Modi gave tacit support to Trump's 2020 re-election bid at the 'Howdy, Modi' event, saying 'Abki Baar, Trump Sarkar.

Making a strong pitch against terrorism in the presence of President Trump, who joined the mega event in a rare gesture of friendship, Modi asked the crowd to give Trump a standing ovation, as he targeted Pakistan and its Prime Minister Imran Khan, without directly naming them. "Article 370 encouraged terrorism and separatism in Jammu and Kashmir," he said, asserting that its nullification will allow development and prosperity in the region and end discrimination against women, scheduled castes and scheduled tribes. In an apparent reference to Pakistan, Modi said that the people who cannot even manage their own country are harbouring terrorism and supporting terrorism. "The entire world knows about this," he added. "Where do you find conspirators of 9/11 and 26/11 terror attacks," Modi said, referring to terror attacks in the US and Mumbai.

"Time has come for a decisive fight against those who promote and support terrorism," he added. He emphasized that Trump is strongly supporting India in the battle against terrorism. The audience gave standing ovation to President Trump. Modi also underscored his government's push for development in India, saying it is the most "discussed" word in the country as his government is "aiming high and achieving higher". He said the presence of such a big gathering is not confined to arithmetic and that people are seeing new history and chemistry being made. Modi described in detail his efforts towards clean India campaign and sanitation. He also spoke about his fight against corruption.