Britain's Indian community has until 11.59pm on Friday (2 October) to purchase their tickets to see Narendra Modi on his visit to the UK. He is due to address the largest Indian diaspora in the world on 13 November at Wembley Stadium, where an elaborate cultural show will be put on to welcome the Indian prime minister.
The UK Welcomes Modi event is being organised by the Europe India Forum in partnership with Indian community organisations across the UK. Modi will be the first Indian prime minister to visit the UK in almost a decade, following on from Manmohan Singh's visit in 2006. More than 70,000 people are expected to turn up to see Modi at Wembley Stadium, with 1.6 million Indians making up the largest ethnic community in the UK.
The UK Welcomes Modi event website says: "Prime Minister Modi's already iconic leadership has made waves across the world. UK Welcomes Modi is honoured to host this new global visionary who will give us a glimpse of India in years to come as it forges new paradigm of growth and success for not just Asia, but the rest of the world too.
"It is the Diwali event for the family this year – with a cultural showcase featuring the best of Indian and British talent; a landmark speech to be delivered by Prime Minister Modi and a grand finale featuring the biggest fireworks displayed in the whole country."
Modi has gained rockstar status among the Indian diaspora. On his recent visit to Ireland, the Indian community welcomed the PM with loud cheers, as they did in the United States where 18,000 people chanted his name as he took to the stage at a sports arena in San Jose, California. In India, Modi also remains extremely popular among the public with a 87% approval rating.
However, some critics of the prime minister have challenged his human rights record, saying he did not do enough to stop the 2002 riots in Gujarat that killed 1,000 people, most of whom were Muslims. Modi was chief minister of the state at the time but has continued to deny any wrongdoing.
Despite his pleas of innocence, a number of Sikh protesters blocked one of Facebook's entrances as Modi attempted to enter the building and hundreds of people gathered at San Jose's SAP Center before he was due to deliver his speech. There is much speculation about whether the prime minister will visit a Sikh Gurdwara during his visit to the UK.
You can apply for an invitation to see Modi at Wembley Stadium on the UKWelcomesModi website.