President Trump visits Sabarmati Ashram, praises PM Modi

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 Donald Trump and Melania Trump spinning the Charkha at Mahatma Gandhi's Sabarmati Ashram (Twitter image)


Donald Trump and Melania Trump spinning the Charkha at Mahatma Gandhi’s Sabarmati Ashram (Twitter image)

US President Donald Trump and his wife Melania on Monday paid tribute to Mahatma Gandhi at Sabarmati Ashram, which was home to Mahatma Gandhi between
1917 and 1930 during India’s freedom struggle.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi, who reached the Ashram a few minutes earlier, showed Trump and the US First Lady ‘Hriday Kunj’, a room inside the Ashram where Gandhiji and his wife Kasturba lived.

PM Modi explained the importance of this place in India’s freedom struggle.

During the visit, Trump and Melania also tried their hands on the khadi spinning wheel, also knwon as charkha.

Melania also helped Trump in weaving khadi on charkha.

Before leaving, Trump wrote a message in the visitors’ book of the Ashram.

“To my great friend Prime Minister Modi – Thank you for this wonderful visit,” wrote Trump and signed the message.

It was also signed by Melania.

The Trumps were in the Ashram for around 15 minutes. PM Modi also presented “Three Wise Monkeys,” a larger version of one belonging to Mahatma Gandhi, as a memento to the US president.

President Trump and PM Modi then resumed their roadshow till Motera stadium.

US President Donald Trump and Prime Minister Narendra Modi also embarked on a 22-km-long roadshow from the Ahmedabad International Airport.

President Trump, who is on a two-day India visit, landed at the Airport at 11.37 am. 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.

President Trump and PM 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.

(PTI)