Boris Johnson, United Kingdom’s prime minister is on a two day trip to India. He arrived on Thursday in Ahemdabad. He was warmly welcomed by Indians with crowds holding his posters. Being overwhelmed with the warmth and how exhilarating his receiving was by Indians in Gujarat, he expressed his amusement he thanked PM Modi while addressing him as his “Khaas dost” said he felt like a cricketer Sachin Tendulkar and superstar Amitabh Bachchan.
“Thank you … my friend prime minister Modi, Narendra Modi.. my khaas dost I think is the phrase I want to.. in Hindi. We had a fantastic two days in India. I became the first conservative prime minister to visit Gujarat, your birthplace, of course. It is also the ancestral home of almost half the British Indians. I had an amazing reception. I felt like Sachin Tendulkar. My face was as ubiquitous as Amitabh Bachchan. I was everywhere to be seen. It was fantastic. It was fantastic,”- Boris Johnson said.
Boris Johnson first arrived in Ahmedabad. He spent the first day in Gujarat, visiting the Sabarmati Ashram, Akshardham temple of the Swaminarayan sect in Gandhinagar and the manufacturing unit of JCB.
“They (People of Gujarat) put on a fantastic welcome for us. It was absolutely extraordinary. I have never seen such a joyful reception. I would have not gotten the same reception anywhere else in the world. It was amazing to see your (PM Modi’s) home state for the first time,” Boris Johnson said.
Later on Friday, he met PM Modi in New Delhi and held bilateral discussions. Conversing about the India-UK relationship, the UK PM said things have never been so strong and good between India and the United Kingdom.