Dozens of Patidars in the US are planning to arrange for luxury buses to help all-expenses-paid protesters of the community reach New York and California during Indian PM Narendra Modi's visit to the country soon. They want to express their anger against the way police treated the Hardik Patel-led protesters, who were demanding reservation under the OBC category, in Ahmedabad on 25 August.
Prime Minister Modi, who enjoyed a grand welcome at Madison Square during his visit to the US in 2014, is now likely to be greeted by angry protesters belonging to the Patel community.
The local Patidars, who are trying to get members from various corners of the country, have claimed that protesters will be present both in New York and California.
"We are expecting around 20,000 people to protest in California and 10,000 in New York when Narendra Modi comes to the US," Tejas Bakhiya, a Philadelphia-based Patel businessman, told The Economic Times.
The ET reported that the Patel community protesters from across the US are planning to target Modi during his visit. The community, which also owns several motels across the country, have decided to accommodate the protesters in their facilities.
Modi will be in New York from 24 to 25 September. During the trip, he is expected to address the UN Sustainable Development Summit, host a summit of G-4 nations and meet Fortune 500 CEOs.
On 26 September, he will arrive in California, where he will meet Google's newly-appointed CEO, India-born Sundar Pichai, and Tesla's top bosses. On 27 September, he will participate in a Q&A session with Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg.