Roadshow, ‘Howdy Modi’-like event planned for Trump in Ahmedabad

US President Donald Trump is likely to visit Ahmedabad on February 24

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Moments into the video clip he shared, shows, a man driving a golf cart displaying pro-Trump signs and flags shouts "white power". Photo: PTI

US President Donald Trump, during his India visit, would participate in a grand roadshow in Ahmedabad and also tour the Sabarmati Ashram and inaugurate a newly-built cricket stadium here with Prime Minister Narendra Modi, sources said on Wednesday (February 12). He is likely to visit Ahmedabad on February 24, they said.

During his visit to Gujarat, 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 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, 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 Houston in September last year and addressed a record crowd of 50,000 Indian-Americans.

India will give memorable welcome, says Modi

Modi tweeted on Wednesday that he was “extremely delighted” that Trump and his wife Melania Trump will be visiting India. He added that India will accord a “memorable welcome to our esteemed guests”.

He also said on Twitter, “India and USA share a common commitment to democracy and pluralism. Our nations are cooperating extensively on a wide range of issues.”

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 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.

Also read: US President Trump says looking forward to India visit

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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