Hundreds of Mahatma Gandhi’s followers from across Britain are expected to attend the unveiling of his statue by Home secretary Alan Johnson in the east Midlands town of Leicester on Friday.
The unveiling will mark the culmination of a two-year campaign by Samanwaya Parivar, an Indian charity organisation headed by Swami Satyamitranand.
Besides Swami Satyamitranand, the event will be attended by Indian High Commissioner Shiv Shankar Mukherjee and Labour MP from Leicester East Keith Vaz.
“It is absolutely wonderful that the new Home Secretary has agreed to attend and to unveil the new statue at this exciting occasion. I am so proud that only the second statue of Mahatma Gandhi in the United Kingdom will be based in Leicester,” Vaz said.
The first Gandhi statue in Britain was installed in the Tavistock Square in London some years ago.
“This is the most important event of the year for the British Asian community and people are travelling from all over the UK for the event. This statue is an excellent symbol of Mahatma Gandhi’s and Leicester’s commitment to diversity,” Vaz added.