Indian community launches Modi Express in London
During the visit, PM Modi will attend the biggest community reception for any foreign elected leader on British soil, said a Facebook post.
'Modi Express' bus was launched on October 11 ahead of its month-long tour around iconic landmarks in central London.
"It will also visit various community organisations across the UK, with the first stop for the bus being Ealing Road, Wembley - dubbed ‘Little India', followed by Trafalgar Square to celebrate Diwali in London," added the post.
"We have had Chai Pe Charcha in India, now we will have Bus Pe Charcha in the UK," said Mayuri Parmar from the organising committee.
"This bus launch is yet another example of the UK and India bringing people together for a positive cause. As we look forward to Prime Minister Modi's visit in November," said Lord Dolar Popat, who helped to inaugurate the bus during a traditional coconut-breaking ceremony.
As we look forward to Prime Minister Modi's visit in November, I'm so encouraged to see members from across our communities coming together and supporting one another. I hope many of you get the chance to support and participate in what is looking to be Modi Mania in the UK" added Popat.
Indian origin MP, Keith Vaz encouraged people to join him on the Modi Express bus from Leicester saying "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."
Muhammed Butt, leader of Brent Council, the London Borough where Wembley Stadium is situated, said "I am looking forward to welcoming Prime Minister Modi to Brent. There is huge excitement amongst all communities."
The civic leaders who attended and spoke at the event included Navin Shah, member of the London Assembly, Krupa Sheth, the youngest British Indian councillor in the UK, and Krupesh Hirani.
"Our website will be going live next week. You will be able to book Modi Express bus tickets to attend the event from all over the country," said Nitin Palan, coordinator of the Modi Express bus.