Members of the Indian diaspora in California organised a car rally to show support for BJP in the assembly elections currently happening in India.
Overseas supporters of the Indian ruling party BJP came out in dozens of cars to support the party in the assembly elections of Uttar Pradesh, Punjab, Uttarkhand, Goa and Manipur.
Videos and images posted on social media show cars with flags and photos of BJP leaders, including Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi and UP Chief Minister Adityanath coming out of a parking lot in Silicon Valley in the US.
Assembly elections are underway in five states in India. Millions of voters have voted in Goa, Uttarakhand and parts of Uttar Pradesh in the first two phases of voting.
BJP is in power in all these states except Punjab, which was the centre of the recent farmers’ movement against the laws passed by the Modi government.
BJP enjoys massive support among the Indian diaspora, not just in the US but in other countries of the world. According to India’s Ministry of External Affairs report, 32 million NRIs and OCIs reside outside India, and overseas Indians comprise the world’s largest overseas diaspora. Every year around 2.5 million (25 lakhs) Indians migrate overseas, which is the highest annual number of migrants globally.