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Indian Americans gear up for Lok Sabha elections

india Updated: Apr 13, 2009 12:13 IST
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Indian community living in the US is showing keen interest in the Lok Sabha elections with some overseas leaders planning to visit the country to actively campaign for their favorite candidates.

The 15th general elections have brought into action the Overseas Friends of the BJP (OFBJP) and Indian National Overseas Congress (INOC), both affiliate themselves with the BJP and the Congress respectively.

Leaders from both the OFBJP and INOC are planning to go there in coming days to campaign for the respective parties.

Led by general secretary George Abraham, INOC is campaigning for Congress candidate from Trivandrum Shashi Tharoor.

Former UN official Tharoor, who ran for the post of UN Secretary General, was a popular figure among the NRI in the US. Cutting across party lines, Indian American community wants Tharoor to win his maiden debut to Indian electoral politics.

Meanwhile, leaders of the OFBJP in emails have asked their friends and people in India to vote for BJP.

"OFBJP and BJP's sympathizers appeal people of India to vote for BJP in the forthcoming parliament election so that a stable and strong government can be formed at the Center," said Rajesh Shukla of the OFBJP in a statement.