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From Modi to Gandhi, Indian politicians court the diaspora

Overseas population of 32m wields influence as election approaches

Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi greets members of the Australian Indian community, alongside Australian Prime Minister Anthony Albanese, at Sydney's Qudos Bank Arena on May 23.   © AAP Image via Reuters

NEW DELHI -- With just under a year until India's next general election, Prime Minister Narendra Modi and his opponents are courting a community that will largely be left out of the voting: the Indian diaspora.

Rahul Gandhi, a senior leader of the opposition Indian National Congress party, has been jetting across the U.S. this week to connect with nonresident Indians, often referred to as NRIs. The 52-year-old's six-day tour, which wraps up this weekend, includes stops in San Francisco, Washington and New York.

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