After six hectic hours in Sydney, PM Modi will leave for Canberra and then will visit Melbourne. He is visiting four cities in Australia as part of a 10-day, three-nation tour. He will visit Fiji while on his way back to India from Australia.
NewZNew (Sydney) : Prime Minister Narendra Modi arrived in Sydney after three days in Brisbane, where he attended the annual G20 summit. In Sydney, PM Modi will make his first public address in Australia at the All phones Arena at the Olympic Park. 30,000 people are expected at the civic reception hosted by the Australian-Indian community.
“Hello Sydney!” said a tweet from the Prime Minister’s Office, accompanied by a photo of Mr Modi waving as he arrived at the Sydney airport dressed in a pink shirt, grey trousers and a blue half-jacket. PM Modi, who is the first Indian prime minister to visit Australia in 28 years, will be in Sydney for six hours. “Modi fever grips Sydney,” the Canberra Times said in a headline on Sunday. “The city will get a dose of Modi-mania when the Indian Prime Minister makes a quick-fire, high-energy visit,” the newspaper said in a report in its online edition.
Mr Modi was given warm welcome in Sydney, where traditional Australian artists performed and a boomerang was gifted to the PM. 220 Modi fans traveled 11 hours on a specially chartered train being called the “Modi Express” for the Sydney event. A Modi fan said the “Prime Minister is lifting the image of India worldwide.” Another said it was “an honour just to get a glimpse of the PM.” A special Gujarati thali was served on board the train. At Melbourne, and on the Modi Express, there was a carnival-like atmosphere – Indians waved the national flag and sang and danced.
Apart from the 30,000 people that are expected to pack the Allphones Arena, about 5,000 more are expected to watch as Mr Modi speaks on big screens outside the venue. Volunteers who took days off from work to organise the Sydney event, have promised a reception more grand than the one Mr Modi received in September at the famous Madison Square Garden in New York, the playground of the biggest rock stars.About 20,000 people had attended that sold-out event, where the Indian community chanted “Modi, Modi” amid song and colourful dance performances. Hundreds of other NRIs had watched Mr Modi speak on giant screen at New York’s Times Square.PM Modi’s last engagement in Brisbane was a breakfast meeting with top business leaders in Queensland. Dressed in a black suit with a peach-coloured shirt, he assured them that they will find a difference in doing business with India now and promised, “The government is focused on eliminating unnecessary laws and regulations, making processes easier and shorter.”