3D Modi plans US blitz,to address ‘Global Gujaratis’

Taking his pet 3D holographic technology into the US,Chief Minister Narendra Modi will address “Global Gujarati Conference” to be held in New Jersey

Written by Lakshmi Ajay | Ahmedabad | Published:July 3, 2013 3:44 am

Taking his pet 3D holographic technology into the US,Chief Minister Narendra Modi will address “Global Gujarati Conference” to be held in New Jersey on August 30,31 and September 1. Around 40,000 people,mostly Gujaratis,are expected to gather at the venue.

This will be Modi’s third virtual address to the Indian diaspora in the US.

Organisers say Modi will be live on all three days and the event will be streamed live in Canada,London,Australia and India.

The event will host a 600-member delegation from Gujarat. “Using hologram,we can project any Indian leader simultaneously at 10 places outside the country. During the 2012 Gujarat polls,we projected Modi’s hologram at 54 venues simultaneously. The event can be highly interactive. If anybody in the audience wants to ask a question,it can be made possible,” says Mani Shanker,a Bollywood filmmaker who helped manage Modi’s 3D-campaign during the last year’s Assembly polls.

Being organised by US-based NGO “Friends of Gujarat” at the Raritan Centre in New Jersey,the event is a brainchild of Kirit Patel,an NRI and Modi confidant who had organised a similar event,“Swarnim Gujarat”,in 2010.

The participants are expected to pay an entry fee of $100.

“The delegation from Gujarat will include businessmen and government officials. At the venue,there will be 200 stalls,which can be booked by businessmen from various sectors,” says Mausam Upadhayay,a sales executive with Satyam Events,which is the official channel partner for the event.

The hosts have also invited ministers Anandiben Patel,Saurabh Patel and Bhupendra Chudasama,besides BJP leader Smriti Irani and actors Juhi Chawla,Amitabh Bachchan and Paresh Rawal,among others.

In 2010,the then principal secretary in state government’s Energy and Petrochemicals Department,D J Pandian,had led the delegation including top executives from companies like Shell,Cadila Pharma,Adani,Reliance,Suzlon and GMR,which are slated to attend this year as well.

Sources say former US president Bill Clinton is also likely to be on the list of invitees,along with the mayor of New Jersey,for the opening ceremony. “The CM office is handling most of the details regarding the event,” said a source.

That the event has the backing of the state government is apparent from the branding of the event as “Bhavya Divya Gujarat”,the slogan Modi gave when he won the Assembly elections in December last.

In March 2013,Modi had interacted with the Indian diaspora through a programme organised by Overseas Friends of BJP in Chicago and New Jersey. In May this year,he addressed the Indian diaspora in 18 US cities through video-conferencing,once again with the help of Overseas Friends of BJP.

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