‘Kem Chho, Trump!’: U.S. President To Attend ‘Howdy Modi’-Style Event In Ahmedabad
U.S. President Donald Trump, during his India visit, would participate in a roadshow in Ahmedabad, and also tour the Sabarmati Ashram and inaugurate a newly-built cricket stadium with Prime Minister Narendra Modi, sources said on Wednesday.
Trump is likely to visit Ahmedabad on Feb. 24, according to the sources. During his visit to Modi's home state of Gujarat, he along with the 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 U.S. president would then visit the Sabarmati Ashram, which served as the 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 U.S. last year, they said.
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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 have dubbed the upcoming visit of the U.S. president at the Sardar Patel Stadium as "Kem Chho, Trump!" event, the sources said.
The stadium at Motera has a seating capacity of 1.10 lakh, which is higher than the Melbourne Cricket Ground in Australia, 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 Feb. 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 U.S. president's upcoming visit to Ahmedabad, the Gujarat government on Tuesday rescheduled tabling of the state budget in the Assembly to Feb. 26.