Britain Bends Rules to Spread Red Carpet for Modi….reports Asian Lite News
Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi will receive a red carpet official welcome at 1 pm UK time (6.30 IST) .
Guard of honour is usually granted to Head of States during their official visits and it is rare to extend the same to a head of government like Modi. It shows the importance Britain and Prime Minister David Cameron giving to the first visit by an Indian prime minister since 2006.
After the Guard of Honour, Modi will be driven to No 10 Downing Street . He will be received by Cameron in front of world’s most popular front door. Modi will introduce his official delegation at the meeting to the British team. Deals worth about £10 billion are to be announced or signed at the event.
The Metropolitan Police is expecting some protests at Downing Street during the meeting.
After the Downing Street meetings, Modi will pay homage at Gandhi statue at Parliament Square. He will attend a reception hosted by House of Commons Speaker John Bercow. He will attend a meeting at the Old Library, Guildhall, before leaving to Chequers, the country residence of the prime minister, for dinner.
Modi will have a busy schedule tomorrow including a lunch meet with Queen Elizabeth II. The biggest celebration to greet Modi will take place at Wembley Stadium tomorrow. The cultural programmes showcasing the diversity of India will begin at 2pm. Cameron will greet Modi at the event. Red Arrows will display their skills and create the Tricolour on air with their fumes.
Modi is expected to deliver a hour long speech enticing the diaspora to invest in India besides fuelling their hopes on Make in India.