BJP aides have been busy working with the leader of Britain’s Patel community to avoid any embarrassing protests by his fellow Gujaratis when he visits the UK for a high-profile trip in November.
Mr Modi is due to address more than 60,000 mainly Gujarati Indian expatriates at Wembley Stadium in one of the highlights of a visit that will also involve lunch with the Queen at Buckingham Palace and several meetings with David Cameron.
The prime minister, whose humble background is nonetheless generally viewed as the equivalent of lower middle-class in Indian terms, compared his roots to those of Bihar’s most impoverished.
His party even claimed, incorrectly, that he was the first OPC prime minister.
“The Patels may once have been rich, but many are becoming poor,” he said.