The southern Indian region where Harris’s grandfather was born is driving Democrats to win over family ties.
Meanwhile, a group claiming support from 5 million Hindus said it wanted Trump to be re-elected to control India’s main rivals – Pakistan and China -.
Hours before the US Presidential election, people living in and around Thulasendrapuram, the village of Harris-grandfather, gathered at a temple for special prayers.
R. Manikandan, a shopkeeper near the temple, said a local politician conducted an “abhishekam”, a practice that involved spilling milk on a Hindu idol while praying chant. spears were read in the presence of about 20 villagers.
He said more than 15 cars and motorcycles, belonging to reporters working for local and international media, gathered at Thulasendrapuram to report on the ceremony.
RR Kalidas Vandayar, an entrepreneur and head of the cricket association in the nearest town, plans to feed more than 150 people to wish them a blessing for Harris, who is running alongside the presidential candidate. Democratic Joe Biden.
“She is from here and we are proud of her,” said Vandayar’s brother, RR Jayakumar Vandayar.
Hundreds of miles north in Delhi, nearly two dozen members of a group known as the Sena Hindu (Hindu Army) join a robed priest to the fire rites and chants for victory. Trump.
They held up pictures of the leader with one of India’s Prime Ministers Narendra Modi resting beside them.
“India can fight terror only with Trump, and both China and Pakistan will hold back as long as he is the president,” the group’s founder, Vishnu Gupta, said by phone.
“We wish Harris well because of her Indian ancestry, but the vice presidents are not as powerful.”