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NY to witness Gujarati meet in July

Around 2,000 people hailing from Gujarat are expected to attend the three-day international event.

india Updated: May 19, 2006 11:46 IST

A three-day International Gujarati Convention would be held here from July 7, which around 2,000 people hailing from the state are expected to attend.

Ministers of Overseas Indian Affairs Vayalar Ravi and Civil Aviation Praful Patel will be the chief guests at the event and would be heading a delegation comprising senior government officials and former chief ministers of Gujarat, the organisers said.

The event, organised by the newly formed Gujarati Association of North America, is supported by the Federation of Indian Associations (FIA), Tri-state Vishwa Gujarati Samaj, Gujarati Samaj of New Jersey, and other Gujarati Associations.

"We've received confirmation from the Ministry of OIA and Civil Aviation that Vayalar Ravi and Praful Patel would be attending," Prakash Shah, Chairperson of the convention, told reporters.

Other guests of honour would include former minister Kanshiram Rana, former Gujarat Chief Ministers Keshu Bhai Patel, Suresh Mehta, and Shankar Singh Vaghela, and Gujarat Health Minister Ashok Bhat, he added.

"We are on target for over 2,000 delegates to participate in the convention," said Jayesh Patel, president of FIA.

The convention's primary goal is to unite the Gujarati Community and facilitate the networking of Gujaratis in business, professional, cultural, social, literary, religious, and educational fields.