The fervour has been building up in the UK around PM Modi's three-day visit starting Thursday, which will include a grand reception at Wembley Stadium described as the 'biggest political rally in the history of the UK' on Friday.
"Since he swept to power 18 months ago, Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi has proved to be a charismatic international statesman, impressing leaders from Shinzo Abe to Barack Obama as well as expatriate Indians with his ambition to modernise India," The Financial Times' said.
"But his next foreign visit — to the UK this week to meet David Cameron and the Queen and to address a crowd of 60,000 British Indians at Wembley Stadium will for the first time be overshadowed by deepening troubles at home," it said.
The newspaper, however, stressed that the UK will be keen to distance itself from any negatives to clinch an estimated package of USD 15 billion trade and investment deals.
'The Independent' newspaper also feels the drubbing in the Bihar elections is an 'embarrassing setback' coming on the eve of the high-profile visit.
"The result means that as he prepares for an enthusiastic welcome in Britain this week– including an unprecedented sell-out event at Wembley Stadium on Friday – Mr Modi will be smarting from the defeat on home soil, which comes as his administration also faces mounting accusations of fomenting intolerance," the newspaper said.

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