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The Queen to have private meeting with the Prime Minister of India

India’s Prime Minister Narendra Modi is expected to have private meetings with The Queen and UK Prime Minister Theresa May during his visit to the UK for the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting (CHOGM).

Narendra Modi and 52 other heads of government are due to arrive for the meetings in London and Windsor which take place from the 16th April until the 20th April. This is when the UK will assume its chairmanship for the next two years.

Modi is expected to arrive in the evening of the 17th April, following a trip to Stockholm to meet the Indian diaspora. According to sources, on 18th April, Modi is scheduled to meet Theresa May at 10 Downing Street.

It is widely expected that the UK and India will sign an MoU (Memorandum of Understanding) during CHOGM, agreeing to facilitate the deportation of around 100,000 illegal Indian immigrants in the UK to India.

Following his meeting with Theresa May, Narendra Modi will meet The Queen at approximately 4pm for a private meeting. Afterwards, he will head to central London for a one-to-one Q&A session with 1,500 members of the Indian diaspora in the UK.

That evening there will be a state dinner attended by all heads of state and government in the Commonwealth. Later that week, all the state heads will be attending a “retreat” in Windsor.

PM Narendra Modi’s trip won’t be a smooth one with a range of protests planned. There is apparently a planned protest under the banner “Modi not welcome” and “Minorities against Modi” in London on the 15th April.

According to a poster on Facebook, open-top double-decker buses filled with “families” will run from the House of Lords through Central London and back to Parliament Square. A street protest is also being organised by the Sikh Federation UK, Kashmiri diaspora, Dalits, Christians and other communities at Parliament Square on the 18th April.