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Texas governor hosts Diwali celebrations

Press Trust of India  |  Houston 

hosted celebrations at his residence at an event attended by prominent Indian Americans where he lauded the community for its achievements in various fields.

lit the ceremonial lamp at the governor's mansion in city, to mark the

At Sunday's event, conveyed wishes to Narendra Modi, the people of and Indian Americans living in and other US states.

This is the fourth year in a row that the has hosted celebrations at his mansion in

Those present at the ceremony included Indian Anupam Ray, and well-known Indian Americans from across Texas.

Abbot lauded the Indian American community for its achievements in various fields and in participating in the prosperity of Texas.

He recalled his visit to earlier this year, his meeting with Modi, and with prominent Indian industry leaders. He also spoke about the growing friendship and trade between and Texas and the similarities between Indian and Texan values.

"The growing similarity of shared values such as education, entrepreneurship, economic advancement, and compassion will continue to bring the communities of India, Texas and Indian Americans closer to each other", Abbott said.

Ray also presented a statue of on behalf of Modi to the and thanked him for opening his mansion to prominent Indian Americans of the state to celebrate Diwali, just two days before the crucial US mid-term election.

(This story has not been edited by Business Standard staff and is auto-generated from a syndicated feed.)

First Published: Mon, November 05 2018. 14:15 IST