Mumbai: Speaking on US President Donald Trump’s visit to India, the Shiv Sena on Monday said that the 36-hour-long sojourn of the US president in the country won’t make “an iota of difference” in the lives of poor and middle-class Indians. Also Read - 'On Our Way, Will Meet in Few Hours,' Donald Trump Tweets in Hindi Shortly Before His Arrival in India
“There won’t be an iota of difference in the lives of the poor and middle-class people in India due to Trump’s visit. Then where is the question of people being appreciative or enthusiastic of his tour,” an editorial in Sena mouthpiece Saamana said. Also Read - From Eisenhower To Obama, Here Are The 6 US Presidents Who Have Visited India Before Trump
The Sena added, “While leaving for India, Trump has said he is going to discuss business with Prime Minister Narendra Modi, which makes it clear that his trip is aimed at boosting US trade.” Also Read - 'India Awaits Your Arrival POTUS', Tweets PM Modi Ahead of US President Trump's Touchdown in Ahmedabad
“If there is any eagerness about Trump’s visit, it may be in Ahmedabad, where he lands first,” the Sena said.
More than the Trump visit, the talk is about how walls were built to hide slums along the road he will traverse, the editorial said.
“It is reported that Trump will touch upon the issue of curbs on religious freedom in India. These are our internal issues. This country is run by people elected democratically and they don’t need guidance from any outsider on this,” it said.
Trump should instead indulge in ‘tourism’ of Ahmedabad, Agra and Delhi, the editorial said.
When Trump leaves India 36 hours after his arrival, there will be no signs of his visit on the soil of India, the Sena said.
Notably, the American President, First Lady Melania Trump, along with a high-powered delegation will arrive for a two-day India visit at 11:40 AM today. The delegation accompanying Trump includes his daughter Ivanka and son-in-law, Jared Kushner. Both Ivanka and Kushner are senior advisors to the US President.
(With PTI inputs)