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Indian Americans hope for a stable govt

india Updated: May 16, 2009 01:50 IST

Anxiously waiting for the results of the Lok Sabha elections, Indian Americans, despite sharp differences over which party would be best suitable to lead the country, are hoping against hope that the results throw up a stable government.

While it would be mid-night in the United States, when election results would start coming in, a large number of Indian Americans across the US are expected to be awake watching the election results.

"It does not matter, who wins or loses the election. It is a time to celebrate the India democracy," said Rohit Kumar, who lives in Bethesda, Maryland near Washington. A software professional, he would be watching election results at his home along with his friends.

However there are many who want their party or leaders of choice to come to power. If BJP is the preferred choice for right-wing and pro-Hindutva supporters and for the members of the Overseas Friends of the BJP, it is Congress and Manmohan Singh for the Indian National Overseas Congress.

Both the groups have made arrangements with champagne for impromptu celebrations Saturday wee hours when they expect the broad trends would be available.

Several of the Indian American community centers - for instance in places like Houston, Tampa, Silicon Valley, New York and Jersey City - have made special arrangements wherein people can collectively watch the election results live on a giant television screen.