US President Donald Trump and Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Monday embarked on a 22-km long roadshow from the Ahmedabad International Airport.
US President Donald Trump arrived in Ahmedabad on Monday for the first leg of his India trip.
After the roadshow, the two leaders will address a gathering at the Namaste Trump event at the Motera cricket stadium here this afternoon.
PM Modi, who reached Ahmedabad over an hour before Trump landed here, received Trump and his wife Melania upon their arrival. Trump and Modi began their roadshow from the airport.
The Ahmedabad Municipal Corporation has left no stone unturned to make the roadshow a memorable experience for the dignitaries as well as the people.
Artistes and performers from many states were allotted a stage on the entire route to perform in their traditional attire. Around 50 stages were erected on the route, starting from the airport till Motera stadium via Indira bridge.
Authorities said over one lakh people are expected to line up along the route of the roadshow, which has been named as ‘India Road Show’ by the Ahmedabad Municipal Corporation.
During the roadshow, both the leaders are scheduled to visit Sabarmati Ashram, where Mahatma Gandhi spent 13 years during India’s freedom struggle.
After the roadshow, both the leaders will reach the newly built cricket stadium in Motera to address a gathering of over one lakh people at the Namaste Trump event.
The Air Force One plane carrying Trump and his wife Melania landed at the Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel international airport here at 11.37 am, officials said.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi, who reached Ahmedabad over an hour before Trump did, was present at the airport to welcome the US president at the airport.
In Ahmedabad, Trump will visit Mahatma Gandhi’s Sabarmati Ashram, take part in a roadshow with Modi and jointly address over one lakh people at a cricket stadium, before heading for Agra to see the iconic Taj Mahal with Melania.
Trump, who is also accompanied by daughter Ivanka, son-in-law Jared Kushner and top brass of his administration, will get a taste of India’s cultural melange during his high-optics Gujarat itinerary, after the bonhomie between the two leaders at the ‘Howdy, Modi!’ event in Houston last year.
The US president and Modi will move to the newly built Motera cricket stadium, where over a lakh people are expected to be present for the ‘Namaste Trump’ event.
Students of various government and private schools have also been roped in to perform at cultural events and they have been practicing for days, an official said.
Billboards with slogans hailing Indo-US relations and having pictures of Trump and Modi walking together, shaking hands, and waving at the crowd during the ‘Howdy Modi’ event are dotting the city.
News Source: India Today