Dr Barai during his media interview revealed that PM Modi and his office had given stringent instructions "to make sure that this is not a BJP (Bharatiya Janata Party) event or that kind of event, but a broad-based program incorporating a cross-section of the community from all across the U.S.” The prime minister and the PMO have emphasized that this is a national event—this is not a New Jersey or New York event, even though it is being held in New York," reports Rediff.
"All of this has meant mobilizing a lot of money, a lot of people. As soon the contract is signed, we will have to nail down the various committees, and also decide how the invitations for the 20,000 people will have to be distributed. We will have to come up with a fair and equitable formula of how to invite people so that the most genuine people get a ticket—because we don't want any unruly elements to get in," added Dr Barai said.
Piyush Goyal, India's minister of state for power, coal, new and renewable energy has been designated by the PMO to work in cooperation with Dr Barai, the Indian embassy and the New York consulate for the event.