By Vera Anyagafu
About 700 Indians living in Lagos State on Sunday held a unity race to rally support for India’s incumbent Prime Minister, Narendra Modi’s, re-election.
Sanjay Srivastava, the Organiser and President of Overseas Friends of Bharatiya Janata Party (OFBJP), Nigeria chapter, said that the RUN4UNITY session was a global movement practised every weekend across the globe.
Members of the OFBJP, a non-governmental organisation involved in community development in Nigeria and aimed at promoting Indians’ common cause, Srivastava said, assembled at Tafewa Balewa Square (TBS), Lagos, with friends and associates of the country for the RUN4UNITY, as well as drum support for Mod’s re-election.
Srivastava said that Modi had engaged in transparent governance which was corruption-free in the last five years of his administration, hence deserved another term.
The OFBJP president stated that the significant event afforded Indians in the Diaspora along with their Nigerian friends the opportunity to gather with families and associates to show and shower their love and affection for Modi, who is contesting for a second term and also expected to come to power with absolute majority, along with the alliance partners.
According to OFBJP’s vice presidents, Sabir Ali, Diwesha Mishra and Kiran Gosavi, “Narendra Modi, a.k.a NAMO, has been India’s 14th and current Prime Minister since 2014,” adding that the next Indian general elections are scheduled to hold from April 19 to May 2019.
The vice presidents, who stated that Modi’s developmental projects extend to villages in India where they benefit from free electricity, gas distribution and other amenities, which they had been deprived of for long,” added: “This is a global movement to enable Modi continue as India’s Prime Minister so that the development experienced in India will not stop.
“There is presently a coalition of other parties contesting against Modi but we have witnessed 70 years of backwardness and stagnation in all aspects of our economy before Modi came into power.
“Presently, we have reduced corruption cases and our gross domestic product (GDP) keeps improving; these and more positive developments we want to continue in India.
Chatting with journalists, a speaker, Vijay Sinsh, said that Modi should be re-elected due to the remarkable achievements he has made in the areas of banking, infrastructure and industry expansion since assumption of duty in the past five years.
While remarking that “India as a country has experienced sporadic developments since Modi’s assumption of office, Sinsh added: “We were confronted with nepotism, religious bias and lots of problems separate us but since he was elected five years ago, we have witnessed beautiful transformation.
“We want him back because we want to continue to experience a peaceful society without discrimination,” he said.
Corroborating Sinsh, another speaker, Anusdha Jindall, said that the Indain Prime Minister had shown a great sense of responsibility and selflessness over the years and deserves to be given a second chance to move the country forward.
“Modi is hard-working, a man without sentiment and selfless, that is the kind of leader we need,” she said.
The event, which recorded Indians running for Modi, who all wore T-shirts with the inscription “OFBJP Nigeria, NAMO Again” while others engaged in Yoga, Zumba dance and aerobics exercises, also afforded Indian families and children opportunity to have a “Great day out” and a “Great Sunday”, as well as featured , “Race for children and ladies” and the most colourful “HOLI” the festival of colours, which Indians celebrate every year in March.