- PM was welcomed by Indian and US officials at Houston airport
- PM picked up flowers that fell from a bouquet on the carpet
- He is set to address Indian-Americans at "Howdy, Modi!" event
Prime Minister Narendra Modi, who arrived in Houston on Saturday ahead of the mega "Howdy, Modi!" event, received a warm welcome at the airport where several Indian and US officials met him. A gesture by the Prime Minister left many on social media inspired and impressed.
Christopher Olson, Director of Trade and International Affairs, US Ambassador to India Kenneth Juster and Indian Ambassador to the US Harsh Vardhan Shringla were at the airport to receive PM Modi.
In visuals, PM Modi is seen coming out of the plane, walking up to the officials and exchanging greetings with them. When he is handed a bouquet and some flowers fall on the carpet, he promptly picks them up and gives them to one of his security personnel.
The gesture drew praise as the video was shared on social media.
"Where PM Narendra Modi spontaneously picks up a flower or a stem, which had fallen on the ground from a bouquet presented to him, and hands it over to his security staff. Simplicity!," wrote a user.
Another user wrote: "All the best @narendramodi. If notice carefully, he picked up the flower fallen from the bouquet of flowers. Shows his attention towards the smallest things. Simplicity of great leader."
"Was that a belief of not crushing part of plant with feet or was it a gesture towards Swachhta Abhiyan?," said a Twitter user.
PM Modi is on on a week-long visit to the United States, his first since winning a second term. In Houston this evening, more than 50,000 people are expected to attend the mega "Howdy, Modi!!!" event where US President Donald Trump will share stage with him.
"Howdy Houston! It's a bright afternoon here in Houston. Looking forward to a wide range of programmes in this dynamic and energetic city today and tomorrow," PM Modi tweeted soon after he landed in Houston on Saturday.
Howdy Houston!— Narendra Modi (@narendramodi) September 21, 2019
It's a bright afternoon here in Houston.
Looking forward to a wide range of programmes in this dynamic and energetic city today and tomorrow. pic.twitter.com/JxzWtuaK5x
He later met top energy sector CEOs at a roundtable meet where the discussion " focused on working together for energy security and expanding mutual investment opportunities between India & US," according to the foreign ministry.
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