A large number of non-resident Indians (NRIs) from as many as 20 countries are now campaigning for Prime Minister Narendra Modi in his home state Gujarat, seeking his return as Prime Minister with handsome majority. These NRIs normally visit the state in November-December, but have retuned home mid-summer to seek support for Modi, whom they passionately back.
A group of non-resident Gujaratis led by US-based Dr Vasudev Patel and Govind Patel are travelling to the remote areas and towns and campaigning for Modi. “I have known Modiji for 40 years. As Prime Minister he has made us proud. He has done tremendous work for Gujarat and India. As a Gujarati we feel that we must support him,” said Dr Vasudev Patel, who has been in the US for 35 years and is associated with the overseas wing of the BJP.
Govind Patel said, “I have been taking part in the campaign since 1990s. Modi ji, after he became PM, has addressed our issues. Today, wherever we go, we notice that the Indian passport holder gets respect. Our country has a special standing in the world.”
Over 300 NRIs have arrived in the state and are using their influence to secure votes for Modi and the BJP. They have come from more than 20 countries including the US, the UK, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, Dubai and from African nations. Gujarat has a large number of natives spread across the globe. Some NRIs are making 20 telephone calls a day to their relatives and friends in the state and appealing them to to vote for Modi. They are also proposing to visit Varanasi, from where Modi is seeking re-election.