British Prime Minister Theresa May along with her husband Philip has paid a visit to the Swaminarayan Mandir in north-west London….reports Asian Lite News
The prime minister offered flower petals at the central shrine of Bhagwan Swaminarayan (picture).
After meeting young and old volunteers of BAPS Swaminarayan Sanstha, she also met with leaders of other Hindu organisations, the spokesperson said.
In a 20-minute speech, Prime Minister May told around 2,000 worshipers to help her make Britain the “world’s great meritocracy”.
“I say to all British Hindus and Indians, come with me as we make Britain the world’s great meritocracy. Come with me as we build a truly global Britain, and help me build those vital links with India. Come with me as we build a stronger, fairer and more prosperous vision for us all,” she said.
She also praised British-Indians for being “inspiring role models across all walks of life” and said their achievements were built “on the very best of British and Indian values”.
“I also know you have often battled against the odds, and had to break down barriers to achieve and secure these achievements,” she added. “And that’s why I’m passionate about making Britain a great meritocracy. A place where advantage is based on merit, not privilege, where it is your talent and hard work that matter, not where you were born and who your parents are.
“Making Britain nothing less than the world’s great meritocracy is one of my top priorities for the next government.”
“I’m determined that every person regardless of their ethnicity or background, should be able to fulfil their full potential in life,” she added, saying it was a “hallmark of a better and brighter future”.
Mrs May was accompanied by her husband Philip and both removed their shoes before entering the temple, the spokesperson said, adding that she was presented with a traditional memento before her departure. She visited the temple for the second time yesterday. In March 2013, she was guest of honour and keynote speaker to mark International Women’s Day.
The visit came during Ms May’s last weekend campaigning as the UK gears up to vote in the snap general election she called earlier this year on June 8.