Ahmedabad: US President Donald Trump arrived in Ahmedabad on Monday for the primary leg of his India journey.
The Air Power One aircraft carrying Trump and his spouse Melania landed on the Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel worldwide airport right here at 11.37 am, officers stated.
It was scheduled to land at 11.40 am.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi, who reached Ahmedabad over an hour earlier than Trump did, was current on the airport to welcome the US president on the airport.
In Ahmedabad, Trump will go to Mahatma Gandhi’s Sabarmati Ashram, participate in a roadshow with Modi and collectively handle over one lakh folks at a cricket stadium, earlier than heading for Agra to see the enduring Taj Mahal with Melania.
Trump, who can also be accompanied by daughter Ivanka, son-in-law Jared Kushner and high brass of his administration, will get a style of India’s cultural melange throughout his high- optics Gujarat itinerary, after the bonhomie between the 2 leaders on the ‘Howdy, Modi!’ occasion in Houston final 12 months.
The US president and Modi will take part in a roadshow from the airport to Sabarmti Ashram and from there to the newly-built Motera cricket stadium, the place over a lakh individuals are anticipated to be current for the ‘Namaste Trump’ occasion.
Dance teams and singers from totally different components of the nation will probably be acting on phases which are dotting the 22- km route of the ‘India roadshow’ within the metropolis.
Big billboards of the 2 leaders and replicas of historic locations in Gujarat have additionally been positioned alongside the roads the place folks will greet the 2 leaders.
Over 10,000 police personnel, apart from officers of the US Secret Service, and personnel of the Nationwide Safety Guards (NSG) and the Particular Safety Group (SPG) have been deployed for the excessive profile go to.
The seventh US president to go to India, Trump on Sunday retweeted a video through which his face was superimposed on the hit Indian movie-character Bahubali, displaying him as an incredible saviour.
Modi will accompany Trump to the Sabarmati Ashram, which was residence to Mahatma Gandhi from 1917-1930 throughout India’s freedom battle.
A number of world leaders together with Chinese language President Xi Jinping and Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe have visited Sabarmati Ashram in recent times.
Ashram secretary Amrut Modi stated Trump will spend 15 minutes on the place.
“Trump will visit the ‘Hriday Kunj’. If he wishes, he will spin a charkha (spinning wheel). We will also gift him a coffee-table book, and a book containing 150 quotations of Gandhi,” the Ashram official stated.
Hriday Kunj is a room on the Ashram premises the place Mahatma Gandhi and his spouse Kasturba Gandhi had lived for 12 years between 1918 and 1930.
The official stated the US President could be briefed about Gandhiji and the significance of charkha as an emblem of self-reliance.
There will probably be a cultural extravaganza on the Motera stadium in the course of the ‘Namaste Trump’ occasion, the place Trump and Modi will handle the gathering.
Bollywood singer Kailash Kher and a few Gujarati folks singers will carry out on the stadium, officers of the Gujarat Cricket Affiliation stated.
College students of varied authorities and personal faculties have additionally been roped in to carry out at cultural occasions and so they have been practising for days, an official stated.
Billboards with slogans hailing Indo-US relations and having footage of Trump and Modi strolling collectively, shaking fingers, and waving on the crowd in the course of the ‘Howdy Modi’ occasion are dotting town.