South Asian human rights campaigners in London joined forces to organise a protest against an invitation for Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi to visit the UK.
The South Asia Solidarity Group led a demonstration along with 10 other groups outside the office of Labour Party MP Barry Gardiner in north London on Monday. Gardiner,in his capacity as the chair of the Labour Friends of India group,sparked widespread debate last month with an invitation for Modi to speak on The Future of Modern India at a special event in the House of Commons. But the election campaign chief of the BJP has since declined the invitation and said he has no immediate plans to visit the UK.
In the face of so much opposition to the invitation to Modi,Barry Gardiner has now released a statement saying that Modi is unable to come in the next few weeks. But we are continuing our campaign demanding that the invitation is withdrawn, a South Asia Solidarity Group spokesperson said.
Modi has already tried to make political capital in India from this invitation,and we need to send a clear message that he is not welcome here. This is part of a larger campaign. Well take our protest to the Conservative Friends of India,which had also sent Modi an invitation, she added.