expressindia web
HomeBlogsCricketAstrology ShoppingTendersClassifieds Reader Comments
Font Size
Expressindia » Story

Great state, I am honoured: Clinton

Express News Service

Posted: Sep 08, 2005 at 0408 hrs IST

Former US President Bill Clinton arrived here today with a promise that gave Lucknow a reason to smile: he will do all he can to improve life in India’s most populous state.

Amid the glitter of chandeliers and riot of royal colour, amid the country’s who’s who, Clinton drew cheers as he said, ‘‘I am very honoured that I have been invited here to work for HIV/AIDS. I am honoured that I have the opportunity to work for the socio-economic development of this great state.’’

Clinton’s dinner with CM Mulayam Singh Yadav at the latter’s residence was an event that drew all the big guns—from Anil Ambani, Amitabh and Jaya Bachchan, Subroto Roy, S Bangarappa to Sant Singh Chatwal and several media personalities.

5 Kalidas Marg, the CM’s official residence, resembled a Nawabi mansion. The hall where Clinton and his entourage were treated to a unique fusion of Indian and western music, liquors and liqueurs, champagne and whiskies, had a touch of the royal—brass vessels, goblets of wine, waiters in Lucknowi kurtas carrying life-size trays, kebabs and fish.

Amitabh, in a pre-recorded clip, introduced UP as ‘‘a State that has something to offer to everyone, the State of the Taj Mahal, of the Ganges and of the Yamuna... a world in itself.’’

Clinton added his own bit. ‘‘I am particularly impressed by this Chief Minister who has held people of all religions together,’’ he said, praising Mulayam and the ‘‘world’s sixth biggest country’’—UP—for its economic growth, jobs, education and modern healthcare.

And Mulayam was equally generous in his welcome address, saying Clinton was not just a former US president but a man, who by his ‘‘sheer personality won the hearts of millions of people across the world’’.

Post Comments
Name* Email ID*
Subject* Country*
Characters remaining
TERMS OF USE: The views, opinions and comments posted are your, and are not endorsed by this website. You shall be solely responsible for the comment posted here. The website reserves the right to delete, reject, or otherwise remove any views, opinions and comments posted or part thereof. You shall ensure that the comment is not inflammatory, abusive, derogatory, defamatory &/or obscene, or contain pornographic matter and/or does not constitute hate mail, or violate privacy of any person (s) or breach confidentiality or otherwise is illegal, immoral or contrary to public policy. Nor should it contain anything infringing copyright &/or intellectual property rights of any person(s).
I agree to the terms of use.

Latest News




Akhilesh defends IAS officer's suspension, Centre says justice will be done

Political parties object to Supreme Court order on convicted legislators

Dominant India march to 4-0

CBI gives clean chit to Raja Bhaiya in DSP murder case

2G: Supreme Court slams I-T dept, CBI for not acting on Radia tape information...

4 militants killed by Army in Kashmir

Ishrat case: Accused cops demand more documents from CBI

© The Indian Express Limited. All rights reserved
Advertise With Us | Privacy Policy | Feedback | Express Group | Site Map