Finally, the moment for which all Indians in United Kingdom have been waiting for has come. Narendra Modi lands in London the next day of Diwali and the Londoners cannot be happier.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi is expected to have lunch with Queen Elizabeth at Buckingham Palace during his three-day visit to the UK next month.
PM Modi lands in London on November 12, the day after Diwali, and will address a joint session of the British Parliament that day. He will meet and hold talks with Prime Minister David Cameron at 10 Downing Street soon after he arrives in the British capital.
Lunch with the Queen is likely to be scheduled for Friday the 13th.
In the morning that day, PM Modi will visit the factory of Jaguar Land Rover, owned by India’s Tata Motors, and in the evening, will address an estimated 90,000 people at an event at London’s Wembley Stadium organised by the Indian community in Britain.
On Saturday, November 14, Prime Minister Modi will inaugurate the Ambedkar House, a three-storey house in London that Dr Babasaheb Ambedkar, the architect of the Indian Constitution, lived in the early 1920s.
PM Modi said over the weekend that he is “excited about my visit to Britain and the reason for it is special. A few weeks back, I had gone to Mumbai to lay foundation stone for a big memorial for Ambedkar…Now, in London, I will formally inaugurate the house where Dr Babasaheb Ambedkar lived, which recently became the Indian government’s property and a place of inspiration for 125 crore Indians”.
The Maharshtra government recently bought the house for 3.1 million pounds (around Rs. 30 crore) and will open it to the public as a museum.
The PM leaves London on Saturday and flies to Turkey to attend a G-20 Summit.
The Indian community in the UK is prepping to give the PM what the organisers have called an “Olympic style” reception ahead of his speech on ‘Two Great Nations, One Glorious Future’ at the Wembley, Europe’s second largest stadium.
Two days after Diwali, London has also been promised “fireworks like never before”.