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Modi supporters gear up for an extravaganza like no other 

Prime Minister Narendra Modi will address an expected audience of 60,000 at the Wembley Stadium.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi will address an expected audience of 60,000 at the Wembley Stadium.   | Photo Credit: Dan Kitwood

With day one of Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s three-day official visit to the United Kingdom yielding a rich harvest of new initiatives in the sectors of diplomacy, politics and economic relations, day two will be marked by highlights of a less official order. Mr. Modi will have tea with Queen -- which if not quite in the same category of honour that Chinese President Xi Jin Ping was shown when he rode with the monarch in a horse-drawn carriage along the Mall to Buckingham Palace -- is still considered a rare honour to be shown to a visiting head of government. 

It is, however, the promised spectacle at Wembley stadium that will top the charts of events organised for Mr. Modi. “Eight hundred artists are getting ready to get on stage for the evening. Something really exciting and unique is the largest rangoli design that will be displayed on the pitch,” said Mayuri Parmar who is on the organizing committee of the ‘UK Welcomes Modi’ team.

Mr. Modi will address an expected audience of 60,000 at 5 pm BST. Participants at the cultural event, due to start two hours before, includes artists from a wide range of cultural genres. Dancers from India, artists from the Royal Ballet, Indian pop singers and the London Philharmonic Orchestra are all set to entertain the audience.

“There is such a good positive vibe that even the British weather cannot spoil it,” Ms. Parmar said.

The voice of the anti-Modi camp in the UK was heard loud and clear on Thursday and picked up by the British print and broadcast media. The Wembley event is also expected to attract Mr. Modi’s opponents, although the organisers of the event will ensure that they do not spoil the party. 

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