New Delhi: United States President Donald Trump who is all set to visit the iconic Taj Mahal in Agra on February 24 will be greeted in the city with a ‘silver key’ weighing 600 grams as a symbolic gesture by the mayor. Also Read - US Will Not Pay for Harry, Meghan Markle's Security: Trump
“The concept behind greeting guests with a key is to symbolically convey a message that they are welcome to unlock the gates and enter Agra,” the city’s mayor Naveen Jain said and added that as a representative of the citizens of Agra, this gesture will convey the cultural message of ‘Athithi Devo Bhava (Guest is God)’. Also Read - COVID-19 Fatalities to Peak in Two Weeks in US, Claims President Trump; Extends 'Social Distancing' Guidelines Till April 30
The silver ‘key to the city’ is being specially prepared by a Delhi designer, as per the directions of AMC administration. The 12-inch-long key will have a picture of the iconic Taj Mahal along with ‘Welcome to Agra’ and ‘Agra Municipal Corporation’ carved on both sides. Also Read - Man Walks 200 KMs From Delhi to Reach Madhya Pradesh But Dies in Agra
Grand arrangements are being made at full-power to welcome the US President, who will be accompanied in the state by First Lady Melania Trump. However, according to reports, Prime Minister Narendra Modi is unlikely to accompany in President Trump’s Agra visit.
Meanwhile, Rajiv Rathi, Executive Engineer, Municipal Corporation told news agency ANI that all work related to infrastructure development has been completed, with the focus remaining on cleanliness and beautification of streets.
Security arrangements have also been taken care of and at least 10 Paramilitary companies have been deployed, the city’s superintendent of police said. “Sniper points identified. Total 4000-5000 security personnel deployed at several points throughout the designated route. CCTV cameras placed across the city,” the Agra SP noted.
According to reports from the district administration, Uttar Pradesh Governor Anandiben Patel, as well as Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath, will be welcoming the Trumps in Agra. CM Adityanath will also accompany the President to Taj Mahal.
The US President, for his first India visit, will also be accompanied by a high-level delegation including US Trade Representative Robert Lightizer, NSA Robert O’Brien, Secretary of Treasury Steve Mnuchin, Secretary of Commerce Wilbur Ross, Director, Office of Management and Budget Mick Mulvaney, apart from Jared.
In Ahmedabad, where the grand Motera cricket stadium has been built ahead of his arrival, the US President will address the ‘Namaste Trump’ event, similar to the landmark ‘Howdy, Modi!’ event hosted in Houston in honour of Prime Minister Modi during his Texas visit in September last year.
Meanwhile, in Delhi, Melania Trump is supposed to visit Delhi government schools and attend happiness classes. While Jared will accompany the President, the itinerary of Ivanka Trump is not yet known.