US President Donald Trump is on a visit to India from February 24 to 25. (Photo Credit: IANS)
Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Sunday said India looks forward to welcoming US President Donald Trump. The US president is on a visit to India from February 24 to 25. “India looks forward to welcoming @POTUS @realDonaldTrump. It is an honour that he will be with us tomorrow, starting with the historic programme in Ahmedabad (sic),” Modi wrote on Twitter.
PM Modi was responding to tweet by Gujarat Chief Minister Vijay Rupani, which said that “entire Gujarat speaks in one voice -- #NamasteTrump.”
Trump is set to be accorded the biggest public reception given to any foreign leader in years during his visit to India. Hundreds of thousands of people are expected to gather in Modi's political hometown of Ahmedabad to greet Trump for a road show leading to a rally in a cricket stadium with a capacity of over 100,000.
On stage, both leaders will address a bigger version of the “Howdy Modi” rally that they jointly appeared at in Houston to a jubilant crowd of 50,000 Indian Americans last year, where Trump likened Modi to Elvis Presley for his crowd-pulling power.
“From the moment of their arrival at the airport a little before noon on February 24, the delegates will be treated to a display of famed Indian hospitality and India’s Unity in Diversity," said Foreign Secretary Harsh Shringla.
Trump, who will be accompanied by his wife, Melania, on the two-day trip, has been fascinated with the idea of going to India since his visit to Houston, aides said.
Trump prides himself in having large crowds at his campaign rallies, ranging generally from 10,000 to 20,000 people, and has expressed admiration privately at the size of the crowd awaiting him in India, they said.
(With Agency Inputs)