Woodbridge, NJ (Photo courtesy of Krishna Anugula, OFBJP, via News India Times)
Ahead of the elections in India, which start on April 11 and last for a month, Indians living in the U.S. have been campaigning for their preferred political party in their home country of 900 million eligible voters. News India Times’ Ela Dutt writes:
From the Overseas Friends of BJP to the Indian Overseas Congress and regional parties with U.S. chapters, like Telangana Rashtriya Samithi, or the Samajwadi Party of Uttar Pradesh, or former U.P. Chief Minister Mayawati’s Bahujan Samaj Party, and Shiromani Akali Dal, Telugu Desam, members and supporters living abroad, are engaging the Indian electorate, whether by participating in phone banks from New Jersey to California, or by being physically present in India.
What is at stake?
The heated environment in India where nationalist and patriotic sentiments have taken the fore with the recent suicide bombing in Pulwama which took 50 lives, and secular values also proclaiming their patriotism, have been mirrored within the expatriate community living in the U.S.
As India is engaged in the always high octane election battle — this time to bring back Prime Minister Narendra Modi, or replace him with Congress Party dynastic leader Rahul Gandhi, non-resident Indians (NRIs) in the U.S., and Indian-Americans who have families and friends in India, are energized to act.
Go to News India Times to hear from representatives of the different political parties with U.S. chapters on how their members have been campaigning, and also hear from the owner of a Long Island construction company who has “submitted his name for consideration as a candidate.”