INDIAN Prime Minister Narendra Modi will be in Canada on an official visit in April and is scheduled to be in Vancouver on April 16, sources in Ottawa revealed to The VOICE on Tuesday.
He will pay a visit to Vancouver’s Khalsa Diwan Society’s Ross Street Gurdwara and then to Surrey’s Laxmi Narayan Mandir. Later he will attend a state dinner.
Modi will leave Vancouver the following day.
The schedule is still being worked on.
The Vancouver visit is being viewed as an election strategy to woo Indo-Canadians.
Last October Calgary MP Deepak Obhrai, Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Foreign Affairs, announced at a Diwali celebration in Brampton, Ontario, that Modi had accepted Harper’s invitation to visit Canada.
The two prime ministers first met at the G-20 Summit in Brisbane, Australia, last November and Harper reiterated his invitation to Modi to visit Canada “at the earliest opportunity.”
In January, India’s Business Today revealed that Modi was likely to visit Canada in April.
THE VOICE received phone calls on Friday from some people alleging that some people were collecting $5,000 each from those who wanted to shake hands with Modi during his temple visit in Surrey. There are also allegations that some people are asking for money to have names removed from the Indian government’s so-called black list. People should beware of such scams.
– BY RATTAN MALL
(VOICE Exclusive posted on March 17 at 3:35 p.m. – picked up by others now. This is an updated version posted on Thursday, March 19 at 3:20 p.m.)