'Howdy, Modi' like event planned for Donald Trump's India visit; Modi to accord 'memorable welcome'

Kashmir Times. Dated: 2/13/2020 2:44:29 PM

NEW DELHI, Feb 12 (Agencies): Prime Minister Narendra Modi will accord a "memorable welcome" to US President Donald Trump and his wife during their visit to India later this month, the PM tweeted, adding he was "extremely delighted" with the development.
In a series of tweets, the prime minister said India and the US share a common commitment to democracy and pluralism.
"Our nations are cooperating extensively on a wide range of issues. Robust friendship between our nations augurs well not only for our citizens but also for the entire world," he said.
President Trump will be visiting India on February 24 and 25.
Modi said the visit is a very special one and will go a long way in further cementing the India-US friendship.
"India will accord a memorable welcome to our esteemed guests," the prime minister said.
Earlier, news agency PTI reported that Trump will participate in a grand roadshow in Ahmedabad, tour the Sabarmati Ashram and inaugurate a newly-built cricket stadium here with PM Modi.
He is likely to visit Ahmedabad on February 24, they said.
Sources said Trump, along with the Indian prime minister would participate in a grand roadshow, planned along a 10-km decked-up stretch from the Ahmedabad airport to the Sabarmati Ashram, they said.
The US president would then visit the Sabarmati Ashram, which served as epicentre of the country's freedom struggle during Mahatma Gandhi stay there.
Trump and Modi would later inaugurate the newly-constructed Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel Stadium in the city's Motera area and address a gathering, likely to be attended by over one lakh people, the sources said.
The mega event at the stadium will be similar to the "Howdy, Modi!" event held in the US last year, they said.Modi and Trump shared the stage at the "Howdy Modi!" gala event in Houston in September last year and addressed a record crowd of 50,000 Indian-Americans.
Citizens here have dubbed the upcoming visit of the US president at the Sardar Patel Stadium as "Kem Chho, Trump!" (Howdy Trump) event, the sources said.
The stadium at Motera has a seating capacity of 1.10 lakh higher than the Melbourne Cricket Ground in Austral1ia, an official earlier said.
The Ahmedabad Municipal Corporation has issued an order assigning duties to its officers for the roadshow preparations, the sources said.
The civic officials have been asked to arrange transportation and parking for those invited for the Motera stadium inauguration, they said.
The White House on Monday announced that Trump will visit India from February 24 to 25.
Earlier, Chinese President Xi Jinping, Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and Israeli PM Benjamin Netanyahu were accorded a grand welcome in Ahmedabad during their visits between 2014 and 2018.
The three leaders had also visited the Sabarmati Ashram with Modi and paid respects to Mahatma Gandhi.
In view of the US president's upcoming visit to Ahmedabad, the Gujarat government on Tuesday rescheduled tabling of the state budget in the Assembly to February 26.



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