Published: Wed, February 19, 2020
Sport | By Kayla Schwartz

Superfan prays to Trump idol ahead of US President's India visit

Superfan prays to Trump idol ahead of US President's India visit

During his two-day visit, Trump is scheduled to participate in a grand roadshow in Ahmedabad, tour the Sabarmati Ashram and inaugurate the newly-built Motera cricket stadium along with PM Modi on February 24 - the event is dubbed "Kem Chho Trump".

He said, "We are doing a very big trade deal with India". Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi was similarly greeted with a "Howdy Modi" rally in Houston last September.

- AFP Die-hard Donald Trump fan Bussa Krishna is celebrating the visit of his hero to India next week the only way he knows how - offering prayers to a life-sized idol of the USA president in his home.

Ashok Brahmbhatt, secretary of Gujarat Cricket Association, which owns the Motera Stadium set to be opened by Trump, said it would also spend tens of millions of rupees during the event.

Trump made the comment as he complained about trade relations between Washington D.C. and New Delhi.

Expressing his dissatisfaction with India, Trump, who adheres to the "America First" policy, said, "We're not treated very well by India".

Its members say Trump shares their hatred of "Islamic extremism", and it has drawn attention for boisterous celebrations of his birthday, including pretending to feed cake to photos of his face.

"We would have liked the Indian leaders to also address the massive green card backlog and how it Is affecting healthy immigration from India to the USA", she said. He would be accompanied by First Lady Melania Trump.

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He followed the statement with "I happen to like PM Modi a lot".

Trump will make a two-day trip to India next week to attend an event called "Namaste Trump", which translates to "Greetings, Trump", at a cricket stadium in the city of Ahmedabad in Gujarat.

If his Indian hosts can help it, Trump probably won't see a slum as they've ordered for a 400-metre wall to be built along his route to block the view of where poor people live.

Municipal authorities in Ahmedabad have been criticised for serving eviction notices to slum-dwellers and erecting a 400-metre wall along Trump's route to the stadium.

Indian senior government official Bijal Patel told the Associated Press the wall was built "for security reasons" and not to hide the slum.

Tensions between the USA and India have increased since Trump levied tariffs on steel and aluminium from India.

The Trump administration retaliated by removing India from a decades-old preferential trade program. We will have it, ' Trump said Tuesday.

Trump pivoted on a question about trade with India to say how much he likes Modi, adding that the prime minister expects some 7 million people to turn out for him between the airport and the cricket stadium.

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