London: Prime Minister Narendra Modi has arrived in London for a three day visit.
Shortly after a humiliating defeat for his party in Bihar, Modi will be looking to change the narrative with a successful tour. There are reports that deals worth 8-12 billion pounds ($12-18 billion) could be signed during his visit to London.
The emotional high point of the visit is likely to be a mass rally at Wembley Stadium on Friday during which Modi will address some 60,000 supporters from the Indian diaspora in Britain, which numbers 1.5 million. British PM will accompany him in the rally.
However, protests were also being planned by various groups opposed to PM Modi and his party. More than 200 writers, including well-known authors such as Salman Rushdie, Ian McEwan and Nikita Lalwani, have signed an open letter to British Prime Minister David Cameron urging him to raise concerns about freedom of expression in India when he meets Modi on Thursday.
After meeting and holding a joint news conference with Cameron, Modi will then address the British parliament, before heading to the Guildhall, a historic building in the heart of the City of London financial district, where he will give a speech to a business audience.
With agency inputs