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Olympics Style Welcome Awaits Modi in UK, ‘Modi Express’ Bus Launched

With one month to go for Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s official visit to the United Kingdom, the Indian community is gearing up for a robust show at the Wembley Stadium in London, while a bus named ‘Modi Express’ was launched on Sunday and it made its first stop at Ealing Road, Wembley.

The organisers are planning to embark upon a big public relations drive ahead of Narendra Modi’s visit on November 13 and the recdeption at Wembley, with 60,000 capacity, is expected to sell off its tickets before the event. The month-long bus tour is expected to create a buzz ahead of the visit as it moves around the city with huge ad stating "UK Welcomes Modi".

Mayuri Parmarof reception organising committee said, “We have had ‘Chai Pe Charcha’ in India, now we will have ‘Bus Pe Charcha’ in the UK.” She told PTI that the event has already over 400 community organisations registered as ‘welcome partners’ for the Olympics style reception for Modi.

While Lord Dolar Popat inaugurated the bus, Britain’s Indian-origin parliamentarian Keith Vaz asked people to join the event. "Even if you’ve left your oyster cards at home, be sure to bring your ‘Modi cards’ to join the ‘Modi Express’ wherever you are," he said.

Indian community from over 250 cities and towns in the UK have applied for an invitation from as far north as Dundee and as far south as Plymouth, said the organisers.

The ‘Modi Express’ website is likely to go live next week to book ‘Modi Express’ bus tickets to attend the event from all over the country. UK has about 1.5 million Indian diaspora.

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