Vadodara, Jan 28: At a time when the entire nation is feeling proud to host US President Barack Obama in the 66th Republic Day celebrations, Vadodara Mayor has sparked a controversy by accusing the US of producing terrorists.
The Mayor further added that after Independence, India took up path of development while Pakistan and US set up factories producing terrorists in their countries.
At the same time in New Delhi, the Narendra Modi-led NDA government had rolled up the red carpet for Barack Obama and his wife Michelle Obama, who were invited as the chief guest of India's 66th Republic Day celebrations. The government is claiming it to be a great achievement for it happened for the first time when a US head of the state became a chief guest of India's Republic Day celebrations.
Earlier, both PM Modi and Barack Obama were seen enjoying each others company all through the three-day tour of the US President in India.
Braving cold weather and rain, thousands of people thronged to the majestic Rajpath even before the day had dawned to catch a glimpse of US President Barack Obama and his wife Michelle, who were in New Delhi to be a part of the 66th Republic Day celebrations.
Holding placards which read "We love Obama", youth started pouring in at the venue as early as 6.30 am and patiently waited in long queues to make it to the enclosures assigned for general public.
After attending the ceremony and pledging to strengthen US-India ties, Obama left India on Tuesday.