Indian Hindu Group Prays For Donald Trump To Be U.S. President

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A priest applies a "tika" on the portrait of Republican U.S. presidential candidate Donald Trump, during a special prayer organised by Hindu Sena, a Hindu right-wing group in New Delhi, India on May 11, 2016. Anindito Mukherjee/Reuters

Republican Presidential candidate Donald Trump might not be that popular among his own party, but he has acquired some unlikely fans in India.

On Wednesday, a right-wing Hindu group, the Hindu Sena who are based in Delhi, India, expressed admiration for Trump and his strong stance against Islamic terrorism. Praying to the Hindu gods to help him win the U.S. election in November, a dozen members of the group chanted mantras by a small ritual fire in a Delhi park. On a large Donald Trump banner, they then anointed the Republican candidate's forehead with a tilaka—a red Hindu spiritual marking.

The Hindu Sena, formed in 2011, is the first known group to back a 2016 candidate in the U.S. presidential race. "The whole world is screaming against Islamic terrorism, and even India is not safe from it," says Gupta, "only Donald Trump can save humanity," Associated Press news agency reports.

In December 2015, Trump proposed a blanket ban on Muslims entering the U.S., one of many controversial remarks made during his successful campaign for the Republican nomination. In November 2015, he called for ground troops to be sent to Syria in order to eradicate the Islamic State militant group (ISIS).

"He [Trump] has spoken what was in American people's hearts after 9/11," Gupta told the Times of India. "If he gets elected, we would want him to make his first official visit to India."