Karnataka CM BS Yediyurappa confirms he’ll attend Donald Trump banquet in Delhi

Kusum Tewari


BENGALURU: Karnataka chief minister BS Yediyurappa will fly to Delhi on Tuesday morning to attend a banquet hosted for US President Donald Trump at Rashtrapati Bhavan.

Yediyurappa is among eight chief ministers invited for the banquet. He may have a word or two with Trump on bilateral issues if he gets an opportunity to meet him, said sources in the chief minister’s office.

On Monday morning, he told reporters: “Yes, I have been invited, but I have various engagements on Tuesday and busy with budget preparation, so let’s see.” Party sources said Yediyurappa decided to attend after party top brass in Delhi insisted on it. This was after several senior Congress leaders, including Manmohan Singh, opted out of the dinner because they’re upset that their chief Sonia Gandhi had not been invited.

On his expectations of the
Trump visit, Yediyurappa, said, “He has said he shares a good relationship with PM Modi and has confidence in him. We are looking forward to some tie-ups and bilateral talks.”

Chief ministers K Chandrasekhar Rao (Telangana), Uddhav Thackeray (Maharashtra), Edappadi K Palaniswami (Tamil Nadu), Manohar Lal Khattar (Haryana) and Biju Patnaik (Odisha) will attend the banquet.

Trump using visit for election campaign: Congress Opposition leader in the Karnataka legislative assembly Sidddaramaiah said the Union government should have hosted an event for Trump in Jammu & Kashmir to prove normalcy there. He hit out at Prime Minister Narendra Modi on the long wall built near the airport in Ahmedabad. He tweeted: ‘It is time for @realDonaldTrump to get inspired from @narendramodi. Inspiration to build decorative walls to hide not so decorative life!!’ AICC general secretary Mallikarjun Kharge said Modi is spending crores of money for Trump’s visit and added that the US President is using Indian soil for his upcoming election campaign.

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