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Dispatches from USA

Indian group plans to raise $5 mn for Hillary
Dharam Shourie, PTI
New York, April 13, 2007
First Published: 13:39 IST(13/4/2007)
Last Updated: 16:36 IST(14/4/2007)
Sen Hillary Rodham Clinton with husband Bill Clinton at her primary night rally in New York.

Confident of topping the list of fund-raisers among ethnic groups, an Indian-American grouping has aimed to raise at least USD five million for Hillary Clinton's presidential campaign.

Having already raised a sum around USD one million, 'Indian American for Hillary 2008 (IAFH)', which mainly consists of community leaders, prominent businesspersons, physicians and investment bankers, is confident of surpassing its target.

As part of the efforts, it plans to hold a major fund raiser on June 24.

Announcing the fund-raiser yesterday, leading hotelier Sant Singh Chatwal, the founder of the organisation said more than 1000 guests, including steel baron Lakshmi Mittal and leading NRI businessman SP Hindujas, were expected to attend the fund-raiser dinner.

Lauding Hillary, Chatwal said "she is the only candidate who has continuously supported India, contributed to improvement of Indo-US relations and championed the causes of the Indian-American community".

Both former President Bill Clinton and Hillary have a special place for India in their hearts, he said. He also referred to the contribution the former US President had made to the relief efforts after the devastating earthquake in Gujarat.

Urging Indian-American community for a "payback", Chatwal said "if there was ever a time for our community to mobilise, it is now. If there was ever a candidate whom we should support, the candidate is Hillary Rodham Clinton".

"I have witnessed first hand her initiatives and her efforts for our community," he told the leading community leaders who attended the function.

Chatwal also cited Hillary's support to the Indo-US civilian nuclear deal and her frequent visits to India as examples of her "unwavering loyalty and dedication" to Indians nationwide and globally.

IAHF also plans another event in August, which, it said is likely to be attended by Bollywood stars Amitabh Bachchan, Abhishek and Aishwarya Rai. 


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