Over 45,000 people have signed up to listen to Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s address to Indian-Americans in Silicon Valley on September 27, organizers have said.

“The final list of the 18,500 people who will get a chance to hear Prime Minister Modi speak live at the SAP Arena in San Jose on September 27 is yet to be decided,” Indo-American Community of West Coast said in a statement yesterday.
For this, in coming days organisers would put all the 45,000 names for a computerised draw of lots, which would ensure the 18,500 strong audience at the SAP Arena in San Jose has representations from every section and segment of the society, state, age groups and gender.
Leading up to and after the reception, high impact programs and meetings are being scheduled to promote the shared ideals of innovation and entrepreneurship between Silicon Valley and India, the statement said.
Modi is the first Indian Prime Minister to visit California after Morarji Desai in 1978.
Jawahar Lal Nehru was the first Indian Prime Minister to visit the West Coast.

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