Narendra Modi gets invite to visit UK

published on August 13, 2013

Nearly 10 months after the British government warmed up to Narendra Modi, the India groups of the country’s two main political parties have invited the Gujarat Chief Minister to visit the UK.

The ball was set rolling by the opposition party’s Labour Friends of India when its chairman, Barry Gardiner, MP, sent a letter to Narendra Modi last week inviting him to the House of Commons to speak on ‘The Future of Modern India.’

“The invitation is a culmination of several years of engagement between senior representatives of the Labour Party and Narendra Modi,” Gardiner said.

“I am sure people in the UK and indeed the international community would be very interested to meet and hear what Narendra Modi has to say first hand. He is a politician who cannot be ignored.

I believe it’s in Britain’s best interests that we engage with him as both the Chief Minister of Gujarat and also potential Prime Minister,” he added.

“I, like many colleagues within the Labour Party, look forward to welcoming Chief Minister Modi to the UK. I last had the pleasure of meeting him in Gujarat in 2009. His return visit to the UK is long overdue,” said Stephen Pound, former chair of Labour Friends of India.

In a rare show of political unity, the Conservative Friends of India issued their own invite for the chairman of the BJP’s national election committee a day later on August 9.

“It would be a great privilege for us to host an event for you. I very much hope that you will take us up on this invitation when opportunity allows,” wrote Sailesh Vara, the Tory MP for North West Cambridgeshire.

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  1. GSK Menon Reply

    August 14, 2013 at 2:11 am

    Narendra Modi gets invite
    Do not attach any importance to their visas, even if invited do not go there, they will heap insults indirectly. Today, the Western nations have become paupers, it is in their interest to become friendly with India. Let the U.K. PM come here and seek audience with Modi, same for Mr.Obama. These are the people who are butchering in Afghanistan, and fomenting trouble globally. To hell with their visas.

  2. van iyer Reply

    August 14, 2013 at 2:27 am

    Today it is UK tomorrow USA
    It is UK today it will be definitely USA tomorrow b’cause 2014 is not much far away.

    Jai Ho NAMO

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