Sydney: Prime Minister Narendra Modi has reached Sydney to attend a community reception at the Alphonse Arena.
He was received at the airport by the president of Legislative Council of New South Wales Ton Harwil.
Narendra Modi, who is the first prime minister to visit Australia in 28 years after Rajiv Gandhi, will be on a whirlwind six-hour visit to Sydney before proceeding to Canberra Monday night and later to Melbourne.
More than 16,000 members of the Indian diaspora are expected to pack Allphones Arena at Olympic Park to salute Modi at a community reception. About 5,000 more are expected to be watching the evening event on big screens outside.
“Looks like it’s gonna be India day in Sydney tomorrow,” Syed Akbaruddin, the spokesperson of the External Affairs Ministry, tweeted Sunday.
Amazing welcome in Sydney
“Enthusiasm builds in Sydney. Even before PM ends Brisbane leg, excitement builds up at Sydney event,” another tweet said.
More than 200 Modi fans left Melbourne bound for Allphones Arena Monday on a specially a chartered train dubbed the “Modi Express.”
“Modi fever grips Sydney,” the Canberra Times said in a headline while carrying a report on its online edition.
“The city will get a dose of Modi-mania on Monday when the Indian Prime Minister makes a quick-fire, high-energy visit,” it said.
We’ll provide you with minute-by-minute updates of Modi’s speech the moment it begins. Keep watching this space