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US President Donald Trump has arrived at the Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel International airport at around 11.40am today (24.02.2020) in Ahmedabad. During his visit he will be visiting Mahatma Gandhi’s Sabarmati Ashram, take part in a road show with Prime Minister Narendra Modi and jointly address over one lakh people at Sardar Patel stadium — also called Motera stadium — before heading for Agra to see the iconic Taj Mahal with his wife Melania.
Trump, has not visited alone but is accompanied by daughter Ivanka, son-in-law Jared Kushner and top self-confidence of his administration, all of them will be getting a wonderful taste of India’s cultural collection during his Gujarat journey which is high on representation, especially after the interaction between the two leaders at the ‘Howdy, Modi!’ event held in Houston during the Indian prime minister’s visit to the US in September 2019.
Trump before living US said at the White House that Prime Minister Narendra Modi is his close friend. He had committed to this trip long time back to Modi and in India he will be addressing a big rally.
The US president, along with Modi after roadshow from the airport to Sabarmti Ashram and from there to the world largest newly-built Motera cricket stadium, where more than one lakh people are present for the ‘Namaste Trump’ event.
Dance groups and singers from different parts of the country will be performing on stages which are marked at the 22-km route of the ‘India roadshow’ in the city which has been fully decorated for Trump’s visit.
Huge hoardings of the two leaders and duplication of historic places in Gujarat, Modi’s native state, have also been placed along the roads where people will be greeting the two leaders.
Over 10,000 police personnel, besides officials of the United States Secret Service, and personnel of the National Security Guards (NSG) and the Special Protection Group (SPG) have been organized for the high profile (VVIP) visit.
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Trump, is the seventh US president who has visited the country today, He has taken himself to the Twitter handle and said he was looking forward to being with his “great friends” in India as he has also retweeted a video in which his face was superimposed on the hit Indian movie-character Bahubali, showing him as a great rescuer.
Several world leaders including Chinese President Xi Jinping and Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe had also visited Sabarmati Ashram in recent years.
Trump had spent 15 minutes at the Sabarmati ashram place. He had visited the ‘Hriday Kunj’ (a room on the Ashram premises where Mahatma Gandhi and his wife Kasturba Gandhi had lived for 12 years between 1918 and 1930
) and had also spun a charkha. He had been gifted a coffee-table book, and a book containing 150 quotations of Gandhi ji, said by the Ashram officials.
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A cultural spectacular event will be organised at the Motera stadium during the ‘Namaste Trump’ event, where Trump and Modi will address the gathering.
Officials of the Gujarat Cricket Association said that the Bollywood singers Kailash Kher and Parthiv Gohil, and Gujarati folk singers like Kirtidan Gadhvi, Gita Rabari, Purushottam Upadhyay and Sairam Dave will perform at the stadium. Students of various government and private schools have also been lashed, to perform at cultural events and they have been practising for a few days.
Hoardings with slogans flagged down showing Indo-US relations like ‘the world’s oldest democracy meets the world’s largest democracy’ and ‘stronger friendship for a brighter future’, and pictures of Trump and Modi walking together, shaking hands, and waving at the crowd during the ‘Howdy Modi’ event in the US last year have been showcased at well-known places during the road show.
People of Gujarat have not left any stone unturned to make the road show a memorable experience for the public figures of US as well as the people of Gujarat.
A cut-out of the 12th century ‘Kirti Toran’ (a pair of columns supporting an arch), from Modi’s hometown Vadnagar in Gujarat’s Mehsana district, has also been put up outside the Ahmedabad airport to welcome Trump.
Trump and his associates will be flying to Agra, which is all decorated for the visit with massive poster of India and American flags displayed on all major roads.
Uttar Pradesh Governor Anandiben Patel and Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath will welcome the US president on his arrival at the Kheria airport at 4.30pm on Monday (24.02.2020), where a group of about 350 artistes will be performing.
Huge security has been deployed across the city, especially along the nearly 13-km route to be taken by Trump’s convoy from the airport to the Amarvilas hotel, and also in and around the Taj Mahal.
According to the official schedule, the US president will arrive with his family at the Taj Mahal complex at 5.15pm on Monday and spend about an hour at the famed 17th century mausoleum, built by Mughal Emperor Shah Jahan.
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He will then leave for Delhi for the main segment of the visit during which restricted and delegation-level talks between Trump and Modi will be held at Hyderabad House on Tuesday (25.02.2020).
The eagerly awaited tour of India is expected to considerably incline up bilateral defence and planned ties but unlikely to produce concrete outcome in resolving difficult issues like trade tariffs.