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Narendra Modi’s UK visit: Pitch off limits, PM’s Wembley event under strict watch

The BJP’s overseas cell has involved many organisations such as ISKCON, the Swaminarayan Mandir and the Indian Muslim Federation to organise the event.

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Modi’s address will be followed by ‘a splendid fireworks display over the stadium’.

The organisers of the Wembley Stadium programme, where Prime Minister Narendra Modi will address the diaspora, will have to work on a restricted game plan.

With limitations on the space that can be used for the show, it would be quite unlike what the audience usually witnesses at the Wembley and any deviation from the prescribed restrictions will invite a huge penalty.

“If anyone steps on the pitch, that would invite an enormous penalty. The pitch will be off limits for the Indians as it will be left free for a friendly football match between England and France on November 17,” a source in the BJP, who is involved in organising the event, said.

This has, however, not dampened the spirit of the organisers as well as the diaspora which has responded overwhelmingly to the invites.

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“We have made all arrangements to make it a spectacular event despite the restrictions,” the source said.

The BJP’s overseas cell has involved many organisations such as ISKCON, the Swaminarayan Mandir and the Indian Muslim Federation to organise the event, the ticket distribution has been done by Wembley authorities.

“They have sent emails to the invitees seeking their confirmation — a process they termed as claiming ticket. There will be at least 55,000 people in the stadium,” he said.

Another significant programme during the tour would be Modi’s visit to the Jaguar Land Rover factory in London, owned by India’s Tata Motors.

“His visit to the Tata Motors factory will be either on November 13 or November 14. The visit will be significant as he wants to send the message that Indians are not just job takers, we invest and provide jobs as well,” said the source.

The event at the stadium will begin at 5 pm and the Prime Minister’s address is expected to be around 10.30 pm.

There will be cultural programmes by Indian artists and by schoolchildren, which will begin at 3 pm. The source said Modi’s address will be followed by “a splendid fireworks display over the stadium”.

The Prime Minister, who will arrive in London on November 12 in the afternoon, will address British parliamentarians and proceed to Chequers, British Prime Minister David Cameron’s countryside residence, for dinner.

On November 13, he will have a private lunch with Queen Elizabeth II before heading to Wembley Stadium.

On the following day, before leaving for Ankara for the G20 summit, he will visit B R Ambedkar’s house and unveil the statue of 12th century Indian philosopher Basaveshwara.