Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s appearance at the Ricoh Coliseum in Toronto seemed like a rockstar concert as Bollywood singer Sukhwinder Singh, Shiamak Davar and other troupes set the tone for the event attended by a 10,000 strong audience who interrupted the PM repeatedly with shouts of “Modi Modi” as the PM spoke of the changes sweeping India.
PM Modi spoke in Hindi even as Canadian PM Stephen Harper and his cabinet colleagues were present, saying ‘The government has not changed, the peoples’ thinking has”
There were resounding cheers every time PM Modi took a dig at the previous regime and when he referred to his mission to root out corruption in India.
Modi said the biggest achievements of his visit to France and Canada were the signing of a deal in France to manufacture nuclear reactors in India, and the supply of uranium from Canada. Lauding the Indian diaspora in Canada Modi urged them to contribute to their ancestral land.
PM Stephen Harper earlier said to Modi “Under your leadership, Canada feels closer to India than at any time before”.