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Trump to address Indian-Americans in New Jersey as voting day comes closer

us presidential election Updated: Oct 15, 2016 10:36 IST
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Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump addresses the crowd at his rally at the Convention Center in Charlotte, North Carolina on October 14, 2016. (AFP)

Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump will address Indian-Americans at a charity event organised for Hindu victims of terrorism in New Jersey.

Trump’s attendance and address at Sunday’s event organised by Republican Hindu Coalition (RHC) makes him the first presidential candidate to attend an Indian-Americans’ event this election cycle.

“This is a history in the making. Never in the history of US presidential election, a candidate has come to a Hindu event,” said Shalabh ‘Shalli’ Kumar, founder and chairman, RHC.

Kumar described the concert as a “Bollywood, Tollywood, Punjabi extravaganza” to benefit Kashmiri and Hindu refugees.

In a short video message last month, confirming his attendance to the event, Trump said the Hindu community had made fantastic contributions to world civilization and to American culture.

“We look forward to celebrating our shared values of free enterprise, hard work, family values, and a strong American foreign policy,” he said.

Trump’s rival, Democrat Hillary Clinton, has held and attended a series of fund raisers organised by Indian Americans across the country including at their homes.

But those are all closed door events away from public glare.

Often called as Senator from Punjab, Clinton has a large following among the Indian Americans but has not made a public appearance before the community. A large number of Indian Americans were appointed in her campaign team.

Trump’s decision is seen as an attempt to woo the small but significant Indian-American community who could be key in some of the battle ground States. A recent Pew Survey said that Indian-Americans overwhelmingly voted for Democrats.