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Sikh fundraiser for Clinton criticises Obama memo

Rajwant Singh, chairman of the Sikh Council on Religion and Education, called on Obama to apologise directly to the Indian community.

india Updated: Jun 20, 2007 14:59 IST

The fundraiser who held a gathering for Hillary Rodham Clinton with members of the Sikh community said it was "unacceptable" for Barak Obama's campaign to circulate a memo critical of her financial ties to Indian-Americans.

Rajwant Singh, national chairman of the Sikh Council on Religion and Education, on Tuesday said he welcomed "Senator Obama's regret of his campaign's misconstrued remarks". But he called on Obama to apologise directly to the Indian community.

"He needs to be more specific and needs to understand the pain it has caused," he said.

Obama gave an interview Monday to India Abroad, a newspaper for Indian expatriates, in which he conceded that the concerns of Indian-Americans over his campaign memo "are entirely justified".

"My support among Indian-Americans, South Asians and Asian Americans generally has been very strong and that's the culture within which I was raised, as having grown up in Hawaii and Asia myself," he told the newspaper.