All aboard the Modi bus – Ilford temple prepare for Indian leader’s visit

MP Mike Gapes, Bn Bhanot, Pranav Bhanot, Mukil Sathiyanarayanan, five, Akshaya Dinesh, seven and Muy

MP Mike Gapes, Bn Bhanot, Pranav Bhanot, Mukil Sathiyanarayanan, five, Akshaya Dinesh, seven and Muyukh Kolla, seven at VHP Ilford Hindu Centre where a tour bus welcoming Modi who is visiting from India took local children and parents around Redbridge to promote two nations coming together - Credit: Archant

Hundreds gathered for the chance to climb aboard a special bus dedicated to the Indian prime minister.

People got together at VHP Hindu Centre, Cleveland Road, Ilford, on Saturday, to learn about the life of Narendra Modi, who arrived in the UK this afternoon.

Youngsters made their way onto the bus to learn about the importance of the leader’s visit to the UK in strengthening ties between the nations.

Also making an appearance was Ilford South MP Mike Gapes, who talked about the relationship between the two countries.

Speaking ahead of an event at Wembley Stadium tomorrow, where Mr Modi is due to address thousands of supporters, temple committee member Vinaya Sharma said the temple’s event went “really well”.

“Mr Modi is one of the best prime ministers India has ever had,” she said.

“He’s not just the right man to bring peace in the world – he’s the only man.”

However, Mr Modi’s visit has sparked protests in Parliament Square this afternoon by pro and anti-Modi activists.

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Vinaya said: “People who are sceptical do not know the man.”