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Theresa May visits Swaminarayan temple in London prior to snap polls on June 8

PTI
Published : Jun 4, 2017, 5:09 pm IST
Updated : Jun 4, 2017, 5:09 pm IST

In a 20-min speech, Theresa May told around 2,000 British-Indian worshipers to help her make Britain the ‘world's great meritocracy’.

Prime Minister May was accompanied by her husband Philip and both removed their shoes before entering the Swaminarayan temple in north-west London on Saturday. (Photo: AP)
 Prime Minister May was accompanied by her husband Philip and both removed their shoes before entering the Swaminarayan temple in north-west London on Saturday. (Photo: AP)

London: British Prime Minister Theresa May along with her husband Philip has paid a visit to the Swaminarayan Mandir in north-west London, the largest Hindu temple outside India, days ahead of the UK general election to be held on June 8.

Prime Minister May (60) visited the temple in Neasden and offered flower petals at the central shrine of Bhagwan Swaminarayan on Saturday, a temple spokesperson said.

After meeting young and old volunteers of BAPS Swaminarayan Sanstha, she also met the leaders of other Hindu organisations, the spokesperson said.

In a 20-minute speech, Prime Minister May told around 2,000 worshipers to help her make Britain the ‘world's great meritocracy’.

"I say to all British Hindus and Indians, come with me as we make Britain the world's great meritocracy. Come with me as we build a truly global Britain, and help me build those vital links with India. Come with me as we build a stronger, fairer and more prosperous vision for us all," she said.

Prime Minister May was accompanied by her husband Philip and both removed their shoes before entering the temple, the spokesperson said, adding that she was presented with a traditional memento before her departure.

She visited the temple for the second time on Saturday. In March 2013, she was the guest of honour and keynote speaker to mark the International Women's Day.

The visit came during Ms May's last weekend campaigning as the UK gears up to vote in the snap general election she called earlier in 2017 on June 8.

Tags: theresa may, uk general election, swaminarayan temple
Location: United Kingdom, England, London