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Donald Trump fan in Telangana

Krishna has erected a life-size statue of the US president

By Reuters in New Delhi
  • Published 19.02.20, 2:31 AM
  • Updated 19.02.20, 2:31 AM
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“My love for him (Donald Trump) has transformed into reverence. That has given me immense happiness. Hence instead of praying to other gods, I started praying to him,” Krishna said. (AP photo)

Bussa Krishna first began worshipping Donald Trump four years ago when the US President appeared to him a dream.

Since then, after a run of good fortune, the real estate broker has transformed his modest home into a shrine to the US leader, who is due in India on Monday for a two-day visit.

“My love for him has transformed into reverence. That has given me immense happiness. Hence instead of praying to other gods, I started praying to him,” Krishna told Reuters.

Krishna, who lives alone in Konney, Telangana, has erected a life-size statue of Trump in his yard, while his walls are scrawled with the leader’s name — to the annoyance of his extended family.

“I am facing difficulties because of my relatives,” Krishna said. “They tell me that I am disgracing them in society. I told them that just like you believe and worship Shiva, I believe and worship Trump. Neither of us can stop the other from doing so.”

Krishna is not the only Indian who reveres Trump.

In New Delhi, members of the Hindu Sena, a Right-wing group, have begun rehearsing a welcome song in his honour.

Its members say Trump shares their hatred of Islamic extremism, and it has drawn attention for boisterous celebrations of his birthday, including pretending to feed cake to photos of his face.

“We like Donald Trump because he openly spoke about India’s feelings,” Hindu Sena leader Vishnu Gupta told Reuters.“...He openly said that he would eliminate Islamic terrorism from its roots, that is why I am his fan.”