India to welcome President Trump with a mega event in Modi’s home state.
When President Donald Trump comes calling with wife, Melania, on February 24, India will welcome him at a mega event called ‘Kem Chho Trump’ (Howdy Trump) in Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s home state of Gujarat.
Rivaling ‘Howdy Modi’ event in Houston during Modi’s visit to the US last September, ‘Kem Chho Trump’ or ‘Howdy Trump’ event in Gujarati is expected to be attended by more than 125,000 people.
Preparations are in full swing in Ahmadabad in Gujarat. A wave of excitement ran through the locals when news came of President Trump and First Lady Melania Trump traveling to Ahmadabad as part of their two-day India visit.
While the two leaders decided upon the dates of Trump’s maiden visit to India in a phone call over the weekend, official tweets and welcome messages from both sides indicate it would be one of the most watched diplomatic visits of recent times.
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The ‘Kem Chho Trump’ event will be held at the newly constructed Sardar Vallabhai Patel Stadium in Ahmadabad, the worlds’ largest cricket stadium, which will also be inaugurated by Trump.
It is no surprise that Trump who loves grand rallies too is looking forward to an event where hundreds of thousands of Indians would be waiting to greet him.
On Monday, Trump speaking at the White House said that Indian Prime Minster Narendra Modi told him that millions and millions of people will be welcoming him at the airport in Ahmadabad.
Trump and Modi are also expected to participate in a grand roadshow along a 10-km stretch from Ahmadabad airport to the Sabarmati Ashram on the banks of Sabarmati river, where Mahatma Gandhi lived during India’s freedom struggle.
As the city awaits its big state visit, there is an excitement in schools and colonies. Even though, Gujarat has hosted many important dignitaries in the past, the locals are looking forward to the Trump visit.
It is also a big visit for them as the Gujarati community in India closely followed the ‘Howdy Modi’ event in Houston which was attended by over 50,000 Indian Americans.
The locals want to make the welcome grander than that and round the clock preparations are underway to make it so.