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COVER STORY The considerable support for BJP in the Indian community is aided by the presence in the UK of the Hindu Swayamsevak Sangh (HSS), which has been functioning since 1966. The structure, principles, and activities of HSS are similar to those of the RSS, whose head, Mohan Bhagwat, attended a ‘mahashibir’ in August 2016 to mark 50 years of its existence. Many UK-based supporters of the BJP were active in campaigning for the 2014 elections, including 500 volunteers who traveled to India. They organized several events in the UK, including ‘Chai pe Charcha with Namo’ in Harrow. 30

The considerable support for the BJP and Modi in the UK was reflected in the packed audience at the Wembley Stadium during the prime minister’s visit in November 2015, one of the largest such meetings addressed outside India.

Election Watch Parties Election watch parties were held in restaurants and in homes where scores of Indian Americans, along with their friends and families, gathered late Wednesday night to watch election results live either on Indian new channels or Facebook. The election results were shown live in at least two theaters, including one in Minneapolis.

World Leaders’ Reactions to Modi’s Win “Congratulations to Prime Minister @ NarendraModi and his BJP party on their BIG election victory! Great things are in store for the US-India partnership with the return of PM Modi at the helm. I look forward to continuing our important work together.”

- Donald Trump, US president “I congratulate Prime Minister Modi on the electoral victory of BJP and allies. Look forward to working with him for peace, progress, and prosperity in South Asia.” - Imran Khan, Pakistani prime minister “I am convinced that, as the Prime Minister

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