An Indian fringe group on Friday celebrated the “victory” of U.S. presidential contender Donald Trump, hailing his friendship with diaspora Indians and backing his call to ban immigration by Muslims from countries hit by Islamic militancy.
With drums banging and speakers blaring, the Hindu Sena, or Hindu Army, gathered at Jantar Mantar – New Delhi’s answer to London’s Speakers’ Corner – to proclaim to a knot of TV crews that Trump had “already won” the Nov. 8 vote.
“Trump’s victory is confirmed early, due to his thoughts against Islamic terrorism and love for India and Hindus,” said Vishnu Gupta, the Hindu Sena’s self-styled national president.
Trump uttered the memorable phrase “I love Hindu” at a cultural event in New Jersey last month organized by supporters of his candidacy from the Indian diaspora.
That sentiment has not played so well with many diaspora Indians who are secular or belong to other faiths and, as a group, lean more toward supporting Democrat Hillary Clinton. But as far as the Hindu Sena is concerned, the feeling is mutual.
Its celebration at a roadside stall featured posters bearing the slogans, “India Loves Trump” and “Trump Our Only Hope”. One supporter held up a portrait of Trump with a tilak, or religious mark, on his forehead and held a sweet to his mouth.
Shalabh “Shalli” Kumar, founder of the RHC, said he had not seen the ad, but nevertheless gave India-West an earful on Abedin’s alleged ties to terrorism. Kumar – who with his wife has donated more than $1 million to Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump’s campaign and organized a rally for the candidate last month in Edison,
New Jersey – noted that Abedin’s mother was the editor-in-chief of a Muslim magazine which has opined that the U.S. was responsible for the 9/11 terrorist attacks.
Moreover, Abedin’s family has extensive ties to the Muslim Brotherhood, which has ties to radical Islam, claimed the Chicago-area businessman.