The government of India does not select the guests who would attend events that US President Donald Trump or America’s First Lady Melania Trump preside over, BJP spokesman Sambit Patra said at a press conference. He was reacting to AAP’s comments where they expressed displeasure with the fact that the names of Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal and Deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia do not figure in the list of special attendants at an event of 25 February when Melania Trump is to get a taste of a ‘Happiness’ class of a school in Delhi.
The AAP had said that, earlier, both their leaders were going to be present on the occasion. They said this school was under the Delhi government and accused the BJP-run union government of influencing the American delegates to drop the two names.
The BJP urged the AAP to desist from “petty politics” over the development.
The first stop of President Trump and family after their arrival in India on 24 February will be Ahmedabad. Posters of Trump with Prime Minister Narendra Modi adorn the city.
Trump will take part in the Namaste Trump programme earlier named ‘Kem Chho Trump’ at the Motera Stadium in Ahmedabad on the lines of Howdy Modi. After this, Trump, his wife Melania, daughter Ivanka and son-in-law Jared are scheduled to visit the Taj Mahal in Agra. From there, they will go to Delhi and take part in many events on 25 February.
Preparations for Trump’s visit to Gujarat are in full swing. They will do a roadshow of about 11 km from Ahmedabad Airport to Motera Stadium. Namaste Trump will then join the program. About 1 lakh people are expected to reach here. Trump will also visit Sabarmati Ashram. An official here said that as per our tradition, preparations have been completed to welcome guests at the ashram.
Singer Kailash Kher will perform at a mega show at the Motera Stadium. Excited, he said that he would start with the song “Jai-jaikārā, jai-jaikārā, Swami denā sāth hamārā“. After this, the performance will end with “Agad Bam Bam lahari“. “If I were to have it my way, I’d make him (Trump) dance to this song,” the singer said.
UP not sure PM Modi will come to Agra
The government of Uttar Pradesh, another BJP-ruled state, has completed preparations to welcome Trump in Agra. Some billboards congratulating Modi and Trump, some others cheering Donald and Melania Trump adorn the skyline of this city of Uttar Pradesh too.
Prime Minister Modi may or may not attend the Agra event. Officials have not made any preparations for the prime minister in Agra in the absence of a confirmation from the PMO.
Both Gujarat and Uttar Pradesh are BJP-ruled states while Delhi has an AAP government.