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File photo of members of the Overseas Friends of BJP and NRIs4Modi at a rally in support of the BJP and Prime Minister Narendra Modi at New York's Times Square in March 2019. (Twitter/NRIs4Modi photo)

After a four-month campaign thousands of miles away in the United States for Prime Minister Narendra Modi, the Overseas Friends of BJP-USA is planning celebrations in 20 cities for the party's electoral victory, according to a press release from its president Krishna Reddy Anugula.

Reddy said in an e-mailed statement  to India-West May 23 that over 1,000 volunteers from his organization participated in phone bank call-a-thons that made more than 1 million calls to people in India asking them to vote for the Bharatiya Janata Party.

The OFBJP is planning to hold victory celebrations in 20 U.S. cities including San Francisco, Los Angeles, Sacramento, Seattle,  Boston, New York, New Jersey, Washington DC, Richmond, Raleigh, Charlotte, Chicago, Detroit, Minneapolis, Atlanta, Tampa, Houston, Austin and Dallas, among others.

President Donald Trump May 23 tweeted his congratulations: “Congratulations to Prime Minister @NarendraModi and his BJP party on their BIG election victory! Great things are in store for the US-India partnership with the return of PM Modi at the helm. I look forward to continuing our important work together!: #DonaldTrump, President USA.”

During the four months before the elections, the OFBJP held yagnas, “Chowkidar Marches," “Chai Pe Charchas,” call-A-thons, car rallies, a flash mob dance, snow mobile rally, “Ghar Ghar Modi,” “Sampark Abhiyan” and other programs to encourage Indian Americans to support Modi and to boost the party's image in India, he said.

As the election trends started trickling in starting at around 11 p.m. on May 22 night (local time), the OFBJP and the U.S.-based station TV Asia began an overnight election watch in Edison, New Jersey, he said.

About 400 Indian Americans kept vigil overnight watching the results at a community center.

The group said in a statement: "Overseas Friends of BJP-USA congratulates Prime Minister Narendra Modi, party president Amit Shah, BJP leaders, millions of volunteers and volunteers of OFBJP and NRIs4Modi across the globe who toiled hard for this stupendous victory. Millions of voters including first time voters have participated enthusiastically in this world’s largest democratic elections to elect an able and proven leader, Shri Narendra Modi.”

The statement continued: “Indian voters have stamped their approval for continuing the all-round development with pro-poor, pro-farmer, and pro-business policies of Modi government. The voters have out rightly rejected the unholy alliance of selfish regional leaders and congress party mostly led by dynastic families. The people have rejected divisive politics of opposition and gave a clear message that they value good leaders and good governance.”

Reddy asserted that although the BJP did not make a sweep of his home state of Telangana, his party was emerging as the main challenger to the Telangana Rashtriya Samithi, improving its position both in the number of votes and seats.

Reddy added: “Prime Minister Modi ji will transform the country and improve the livelihood of the people. NDA government has provided basic amenities like toilets, electricity, gas cylinders, etc., in the last 5 years. During next 5 years, NDA government is going to take India to the next level with the proposed investments in infrastructure, health care, and farming sectors.”

OFBJP vice president Adapa Prasad said in a statement that the people of India have chosen a strong and incorruptible leader, Modi, and his vision of New India as they rejected divisive caste and dynastic politics of the self-indulging “Maha-Milavat” opposition.

OFBJP organizational secretary Vasudev Patel said: “These results support the policies of Shri Narendra Modi led NDA govt. Based on the experience I had on ground as I was expecting this massive victory.”

(IANS contributed to this report)

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