Bobby Jindal to push India-US ties
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Bobby Jindal to push India-US ties

Indian American Congressman is in India to discuss the India-US civilian nuclear energy cooperation pact.

india Updated: Jan 13, 2006 17:16 IST

Ahead of US President George W Bush's visit to India, an influential Congress delegation that includes Indian American Congressman Bobby Jindal is here to get a taste of the economic transformation taking place in India and its rising global status.

Bobby Jindal, Republican Congressman from Louisiana, is in India to create a positive buzz about the India-US civilian nuclear energy cooperation agreement and the resolve of the Bush administration to push the deal through Congress, diplomatic sources said.

The 34-year-old Jindal, whose parents migrated from Punjab and who narrowly lost the 2003 gubernatorial race in Louisiana, is part of a bipartisan 10-member delegation to guide other Congressmen who are relatively new to India.

The Congressional delegation met Indian MPs under the aegis of the India-US Parliamentary Forum Friday morning. They are expected to meet Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and discuss an array of bilateral matters. Important Congressmen who are part of the delegation include Republican Paul Gilmore, who heads the delegation, and Democrat Jerry Costello.

The delegation was to be headed by House Speaker Dennis Hastert, but he couldn't make it at the last minute.

First Published: Jan 13, 2006 17:16 IST