Modi to address huge London rally, lunch with queen

Up to 60,000 people are expected to attend the rally at one of Britain's most famous sporting venues


Afp November 13, 2015
Up to 60,000 people are expected to attend the rally at one of Britain's most famous sporting venues. PHOTO: AFP

LONDON: Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi is set to address a huge rally at London's Wembley Stadium and have lunch with Queen Elizabeth II on Friday, the second day of his visit to Britain.

Up to 60,000 people are expected to attend the rally at one of Britain's most famous sporting venues, where Modi will be introduced by British Prime Minister David Cameron.

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Britain, the former colonial power in India, has a 1.5 million-strong Indian diaspora population and the event, which will include a huge firework display, is expected to have a carnival atmosphere in the wake of Diwali celebrations.

It will also feature performers including singer Kanika Kapoor and the London Philharmonic Orchestra.

The event is reportedly being funded by the Europe India Forum, a non-profit company formed by British-Indian businessman Nathu Puri.

On day one of the three-day visit to Britain, the first by an Indian leader for a decade, Cameron announced that trade deals worth £9 billion (12.7 billion euros, $13.7 billion) would be sealed on the trip.

Britain has rolled out the red carpet for Modi, but the Indian premier's arrival has also drawn protests.

Up to 500 people held a demonstration outside Downing Street against the visit Thursday before the talks with Cameron, many of them Sikhs.

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Meanwhile, roughly 200 literary figures, including Mumbai-born British author Salman Rushdie, signed an open letter warning of a "rising climate of fear" in India.

Modi was elected by a landslide in 2014 but he and his Hindu nationalist Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) have faced accusations from opponents that they are failing to protect minorities.

COMMENTS (12)

VINOD | 6 years ago | Reply @Hameed: Dear Sir, Let the Chinese President Xi get the hugest, most illustrious, memorable reception and welcome all over the world but how does it tickle you or me. Let Chinese feel happy. Please you talk about your head of state and me about mine. Sir, I could not get the spirit of your comment..
Bewildered | 6 years ago | Reply The biggest ever gathering of Saffron Taliban and their sympathizers. Good, the world is seeing the real face of Indian Hindus living in the UK.
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