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Jindal among top contenders for Romney's VP

world Updated: Jul 17, 2012 01:00 IST
Yashwant Raj
Yashwant Raj

Louisiana governor Bobby Jindal appears to be high on the shortlist for Mitt Romney's running mate. An announcement is expected soon - perhaps this week, said reports.

Jindal's chances were seen surging as he hosts a fundraiser with Romney this week. His conservatism is said to be the attribute Romney needs most.

The Louisiana governor converted from Hinduism to Christianity in his teens, and is highly popular with the evangelical base of the Republican Party.

Jindal is also regarded well by the party for his strident opposition to President Barack Obama's health care reforms, and cutting government spending in his state.

His education reforms form the backbone of Romney's education plan. The governor has also been praised for his handling of the 2010 hurricane.

Jindal has denied he is interested in the job, saying, "I do have the job I want." But he has not shut the door completely, saying, "We are not commenting at all about the VP process."

His selection might also help Romney pick up funds from the Indian-American community, among the country's wealthiest.