Uncertainty over travel continues during US President Donald Trump’s visit to Ahmedabad on Monday.
Officials such as the State Municipal Corporation of Ahmedabad (AMC) have not made clear on Saturday whether Trump will visit the Sabarmati Ashram before Trump goes public with First Lady Melania Trump. Namaste Trump, designed in the style of the Howdy Modi event in September last year.
There are rebuilt roads in Ahmedabad, plants planted on dividers, Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Trump’s massive hoardings and barricades on the people’s side to cheer the cavalry.
However, it is still unclear whether the roadshow will move from the airport to the Sabarmati Ashram and then to the world’s largest cricket stadium in Motera, or whether Trump will go directly from the airport to the stadium.
The city police and local administration have revised the route several times before more roads are blocked for public use. The ulation rumors have erupted that Trump may skip Sabarmati Ashram to make time for his visit to Agra.
If true, then the heads of state who visited Ahmedabad in recent times – Chinese President Xi Jinping, Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu – have paid tribute to Mahatma Gandhi.
In addition, Chief Minister Vijay Rupani also said that the roadshow will be held from Trump airport to the stadium on Friday. However, when Trump was asked about the Sabarmati Ashram tour, Rupani told reporters that the White House was calling for it.
Mock drills have already taken place with the police from the airport to Sabarmati Ashram, and at Motera Stadium. The local police are also coordinating with other agencies such as the US Secret Service, India Special Protection Group (SPG) and National Security Guards (NSG) for security operations during the nearly three-hour visit.
Opposition questions on Trump administration’s executive committee For example, Rupani said the committee was headed by Ahmedabad Mayor Bijal Patel, two MPs and other prominent citizens.
On her side, Patel also tweeted this on Friday. Patel could not be contacted despite repeated attempts.
Congress spokesperson Randeep Surjewala raised questions over the leadership of the committee on Thursday and Trump’s invitation to visit Ahmedabad, in a tweet addressed to the Foreign Ministry (MEA) and Prime Minister Modi.
It has been speculated that the committee leased the Motera Stadium, run by the Gujarat Cricket Association (GCA), for an hour on Monday, an unknown amount for the Trump’s flagship program. Also, GCA sources said that the event was not a stadium opening and a special date for it would be finalized. In the absence of official confirmation, Trump and Modi are presiding over a cultural event that is expected to cost the public an estimated Rs 100 crore.