Gabbard, a strong supporter of Modi, is a Democrat Congresswoman from Hawaii. The 33-year-old Gabbard is the first practising Hindu American in the Congress who took her oath on the Bhagwad Gita. She had spoken to Modi after his victory in the Indian general elections and congratulated him and the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP).


She has also been involved in the planning of Modi's US visit and had last month met two BJP leaders Vijay Jolly and MP Rajyavardhan Rathore in that connection. Gabbard has always maintained that it was a "great blunder" by US government to have denied a visa to Modi in the wake of the 2002 Gujarat riots.


Gabbard also took to twitter to share her enthusiasm at meeting the Prime Minister. Gabbard had earlier attended Prime Minister Modi's speech at the Madison Square Garden and was very impressed by his address.

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