US lawmakers to attend PM Modi’s address on I-Day

Washington, DC: A bipartisan group of U.S. lawmakers will travel to India to take part in the Red Fort address of Prime Minister Narendra Modi on the country’s Independence Day on August 15, according to an official statement.

The bipartisan Congressional delegation is led by Indian-American Congressman Ro Khanna and Congressman Michael Waltz. The two are co-chairs of the bipartisan Congressional Caucus on India and Indian Americans. 

“It is an honor to lead a bipartisan delegation to India and be there to celebrate India’s Independence Day. My grandfather spent his life fighting for India’s independence. So, this is a deeply personal and meaningful trip for me. It is also a historic moment for the U.S.-India relationship. 

“I plan to meet with Prime Minister Modi, External Affairs minister S. Jaishankar, Cabinet Ministers and a diverse range of MPs along with business, tech, cricket and Bollywood leaders,” Mr. Khanna to PTI on Monday. 

“This trip will deepen the coordination and partnership between our countries and allow us to engage on important issues like decarbonization, digitization, economic partnership, defense ties, and pluralism and human rights,” he said. 

The lawmakers will visit Red Fort where the Prime Minister will address the nation on India’s Independence Day on August 15. 

They will meet with business, tech, government, and Bollywood leaders in Mumbai, Hyderabad, and New Delhi and visit Raj Ghat, the historic memorial dedicated to Mahatma Gandhi, the statement said. 

Mr. Khanna and Mr. Waltz will be joined by lawmakers Deborah Ross, Kat Cammack, Shri Thanedar, and Jasmine Crockett along with Rich McCormick and Ed Case. 

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