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Modi promised to arrange 5-7 million crowd for Gujarat event, says Trump, looks forward to India visit

Joking about the ‘Howdy, Modi’ event in Houston last year or his own events in the US, Trump said it is not a good feeling when only 50,000 people attend these gatherings.

US President Donald Trump and Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s bonhomie will be up for display once again later this month and now the US President has said his Indian counterpart has promised him that millions and millions of people will attend the Gujarat event and also cheer them on at the airport.

A day after the White House announced Trump’s India visit on February 24 and 25, Donald Trump said on Tuesday he is looking forward to the India visit. He also said that he spoke to PM Modi over the weekend about his visit.

“I am (going to India). He (PM Modi) said we will have millions and millions of people. He thinks we will have 5-7 million people just from the airport to the new stadium,” said Donald Trump, while talking to the media about his upcoming tour.

Joking about the ‘Howdy, Modi’ event in Houston last year or his own events in the US, Trump said it is not a good feeling when 50,000 people attend these gatherings.

“When we have 50,000 people, I’m not going to feel so good we’ll have five to seven million people just from the airport to the new stadium. And you know it is the largest stadium in the world. (They are) building it now. It’s almost complete and it’s the largest in the world,” Trump said.

Trump also said, “I look forward to going to India.” The Oval Office has announced that he will be travelling to Ahmedabad and New Delhi on February 24 and 25.

Speaking on PM Modi and the chemistry the two leaders share, Trump said, “He (Prime Minister Narendra Modi) is a friend of mine. He’s a great gentleman.”

Last year, Modi had hosted a similar mega event in the United States, in Houston, which Donald Trump attended to see a massive gathering of 50,000 Indian-Americans cheering on the two leaders. The two leaders had met four times in 2019, further strengthening their personal bond.

‘Howdy, Modi!’ turned out to be a mega success and Donald Trump even called PM Modi a “rockstar”.

It turned out to be the largest-ever gathering hosted by a foreign politician in the US.

Now, Trump is scheduled to visit India later in February with the aim to “further strengthen” ties.

Responding to a question, the US President indicated that he is willing to sign a trade deal with India if it is the right one.

“They (Indians) want to do something and we’ll see… if we can make the right deal, (we) will do it,” said Trump, a fortnight ahead of his visit to the country as the 45th US president.

PM Modi and Donald Trump are expected to joint address a massive public rally at the newly built Motera Stadium in Ahmedabad.

Being built at an estimated cost of $100 million, the Motera Stadium with a seating capacity of 100,000 spectators will be the world’s largest cricket stadium overtaking the Melbourne Cricket Ground in Australia.

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