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NRI caucus launched in Edison

The Indo-American Caucus will bring New Jersey's NRI community closer to the local political process.

world Updated: Jun 06, 2007 12:29 IST

A new caucus has been formed to bring New Jersey's Indian American community closer to the local political process and address the growing needs of the people.

Called the Indo-American Caucus of the Edison Democratic Organisation, the caucus would try to address Indian American issues, according to Satish Poondi, its founder and co-chair.

The caucus, which was launched last week, would give the community a voice in local politics and help them understand how public policies are created and function, Edison Sentinel reported.

"I believe that the caucus is going to function as a way of bridging any gaps that are there between the Indian American community and the greater Edison community," Poondi said.

"The caucus would act as a bonding agent between the Indian community and the larger Edison political community and allow the Indian American community to be a part of the larger process as opposed to being an outside agent working with the political establishment," he said.

Former Edison Township Council president and caucus co-founder, Parag Patel, Democrat state Senator Barbara Buono and Democrat Assemblyman Peter Barnes were also present during the launch.