Two days ahead of US President Donald Trump’s visit to India, there was one big question everyone was asking, and it was all thanks to India’s foreign ministry: what on earth is the Donald Trump Nagrik Abhinandan Samiti?
Until Thursday, no one had heard of this shadowy committee that is apparently organising the “Namaste Trump” event that the US President is really excited about. And then, in reply to a question about whether opposition leaders would be invited for the event, Ministry of External Affairs spokesperson Raveesh Kumar said that this would be up to this mysterious association.
Raveesh Kumar, MEA: The 'Namaste Trump' event is being organised by the Donald Trump Nagrik Abhinandan Samiti. The Samiti is taking all decisions on whom to invite. pic.twitter.com/v0qxiHFWHL— ANI (@ANI) February 20, 2020
He didn’t give any more details, but this was enough. The Congress immediately swung into action, at least on Twitter, questioning who the officebearers of this organisation were, and why the Gujarat government was paying for a presumably private organisation’s programme.
Mahesh Langa, who reports for The Hindu from Ahmedabad, tweeted tongue in cheek on Thursday night that the announcement had set off a furore in the city.
BREAKING: Massive search on in Ahmedabad to find the office bearers of Donald Trump Nagarik Abhivadan Samiti, which is organising the #NamasteTrump event at Motera Stadium on February 24th.— Mahesh Langa (@LangaMahesh) February 20, 2020
The Telegraph reminded its readers that like ‘covfefe’, this may be destined to remain one of the big mysteries of our time. It also pointed out that this samiti is not mentioned on the posters that have been put up all around Ahmedabad.
The media coverage passes for Trump’s event at the Motera stadium have also been issued by the Government of Gujarat and does not mention the samiti.