Overseas Friends of BJP UK chapter organised a rousing function to welcome and felicitate Shri Arun Jaitley – The leader of the Opposition in the Rajya Sabha during his trip to UK. The Chief Guests of the function who also shared the stage alongside Shri Jaitley were British Member of Parliaments the Rt. Hon Bob Blackman who is the MP for the Conservative Party from the Harrow East area, Rt. Hon Barry Gardiner who is the MP for the Labour Party from the Brent North area, Lord Dolar Popat of the Conservatives & Shri CB Patel of the Asian Voice. The hall was packed to capacity by members of the OFBJP as well as supporters and well wishers of India who had comes to see and hear Shri Arun Jaitley.
The event was started by Shri Arunji lighting a diya infront of the portrait of Dr Shyama Prasad Mukherjee – the founder of Jan Sangh whose punya tithee also was on the same date ie 23 June. Shri Surendrabhai Shah read out a sanskrit poetry and reminded all the aryakartas present that it was the year of Swami Vivekananda’s birth celebration.After that Arunji was felicitated by Smt Mamta and then the President of OFBJP Shri Lalubhai Parekh gave the first speech by welcoming everyone present there and thanking Shri Arunji was gracing the OFBJP meeting. A minutes silence was also observed for the victims of the Floods in Uttarakhand. Shri Arunji spoke on the challenges facing India both economically and socially to which most of the Crowd applauded loudly and gave him a standing ovation.He also spoke about Shri Shyama Prasad Mukherjee’s contribution to India. A lot of media was present there covering the function in both print as well as telecasting medium. All the guests on the stage then spoke for a few minutes explaining the historical importance of a rising India as well as how Britain stood to gain from India’s rise in the world. After that the Vice President Shri Ishwar Agarwal gave a vote of thanks where he thanked Shri Kantibhai for providing the Sangat Center , as wellShri Jeetubhai who provided the catering for the function & Shri Shashibhai Patel for his efforts. A special thanks and mention was also made for Shri Vijay Jolly who is the conveyor of OFBJP in Delhi who helped in making this function a successful one.