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Indians throw weight behind Obama

A leading organisation of Indian Americans extends support to Democratic candidate Barack Obama , giving a major boost to his campaign for the November Presidential election.

india Updated: Jun 27, 2008 15:40 IST

A leading organisation of Indian Americans that backed Hillary Clinton's White House bid has now extended support to triumphant Democratic candidate Barack Obama and pledged to raise US $ 10 million, giving a major boost to his campaign for the November Presidential election.

'American Indians for Democrats' decided to endorse Obama to ensure that a Democrat occupies the White House in the next presidential elections, Chairman Sant Singh Chatwal told PTI.

Chatwal said that his organisation plans to hold a major fund raiser for Obama next month where the Indian community would raise at least US $ 10 million, thus making it the biggest such event for him.

Replying to a question, the leading hotelier said Indian Americans had been supporting Hillary Clinton but now that she had endorsed Obama, "there is no reason for them not to put their full weight behind him".

Earlier, the organisation had raised US $ five million for Clinton's campaign.

Both Obama and Clinton were present at the function yesterday where Chatwal formally endorsed Obama who warmly shook hands with him.

When Chatwal said the Indians Americans would raise at least USD 10 million, Obama said he was sure they would accomplish it.

Chatwal appealed to the Indian Americans to fully support Obama, asserting that he would take care of their concerns as also work closely with them in strengthening growing Indo-American relations.