US Elections 2016

Hindu Sena celebrates Donald Trump's lead in US electoral race

On November 4, the group had hosted an event at Delhi's Jantar Mantar to celebrate the Republican candidate's 'victory' days before the election.

Right-wing group Hindu Sena on Wednesday celebrated Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump's lead in the United States polls, ANI reported. As of 12.08 pm, Trump held 264 electoral votes against his Democrat rival Hillary Clinton's 215, according to AP.

On November 4, the group had hosted an event at New Delhi's Jantar Mantar to celebrate Trump's "victory" days before the election. Members of the group praised the controversial candidate and supported his proposal to restrict the entry of Muslim immigrants into the country. During the premature celebrations, the Hindu Sena's leader, Vishnu Gupta, said, "Trump's victory is confirmed early, due to his thoughts against Islamic terrorism and love for India and Hindus." The members waved posters that said, "India Loves Trump" and "Trump Our Only Hope".

On June 14, the Hindu Sena had celebrated Trump's birthday with a religious ceremony. The group has consistently supported Trump through various events over the past few months. (picture above).

Trump addressed a gathering of Hindu-Americans in New Jersey on October 15, where he made the now-famous declaration of "I love Hindu". The event, organised by the Republican Hindu Coalition, was the candidate's first address to an ethnic community in an individual event. A video showing Trump saying, "Ab ki baar, Trump Sarkar" surfaced in October. It was aimed at reaching out to the "Hindu and Indian community" in America.

The number of Indian-Americans is pegged at around three million. Around 65% of them support the Democratic Party, while 18% favour Republicans, according to a 2014 Pew survey.

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