US Congressman congratulates Narendra Modi on his electoral victory

published on January 6, 2013

WASHINGTON: Gujarat chief minister Narendra Modi’s third successive electoral victory found a mention in the US House of Representatives when a Republican lawmaker congratulated him while contending that businesses flock to his state and his message “cuts across dividing lines”.

Congressman Aaron Schock is the first US lawmaker to have congratulated Modi on the House floor on his recent electoral victory.

The young lawmaker serving Illinois’s 18th congressional district said Modi was elected by a diverse coalition of voters.

“Mr Speaker, I rise today in recognition of the election of Narendra Modi as third term chief minister of Gujarat, India,” Schock said in his remarks in the House yesterday.

The second youngest Congressman to be currently serving in House of Representatives, Schock, 31, said Modi was running on a platform of economic prosperity for all.

“… and having two terms of proven results behind him, Mr Modi was elected by a diverse coalition of voters from every religion, education level, and class of society. His message cuts across dividing lines and highlights what unites, rather than what divides, those he represents,” Schock said.

“In both the United States and India, every election is an affirmation, not just of those who the people choose to elect, but of the very foundation on which our societies are built — the idea that the power of government rests with the governed,” he said.

“Mr Modi understands the great responsibility entrusted to elected officials, and he has used his position to advocate for sound economic policies that have grown the economy of Gujarat at an astonishing rate over his past two terms,” Schock said.

“Businesses flock to Gujarat, creating jobs and raising the standard of living for its citizens. The successes achieved through Mr Modi’s leadership have drawn praise from his countrymen and observers abroad, as well as from the Indian Diaspora around the world,” he said in his remarks.

He said Indian-Americans in his district in Illinois and around the United States have contributed greatly to the culture and prosperity of their adopted country.

“I join with them today in congratulating Narendra Modi on his election and extending my best wishes for his third term as chief minister of Gujarat,” Schock said.

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