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Indian American announces run for US Congress

Raj Peter Bhakta, known for appearing on the TV show The Apprentice, will be trying for Republican Party nomination.

india Updated: Nov 23, 2005 23:23 IST

Indian American Raj Peter Bhakta, known for appearing on the Donald Trump show The Apprentice, will be looking into his chances of getting the Republican Party nomination to run for the US Congress.

He will try his luck from Pennsylvania's 13th District.

"During the next few weeks and months, I will be listening to residents all over the 13th congressional district to determine if my ideas and message resonate with the voters," said Bhakta, a businessman, whose natty suits with bowties, drew attention on the show in Fall 2004.

Bhakta said he wanted to keep the "American dream alive".

"But I am also deeply concerned with the direction of federal government on several fronts: on wasteful pork barrel spending; on the failure of effective reform on key issues like the environment, and a government drunk on its own power," he said even as he seeks Republican support when the party is in power at the White House.

He characterised himself as "a Teddy Roosevelt Republican" "who, as a progressive, established the Food and Drug Administration, took on big business and broke the monopolies, and who, as a conservative, led to building America's military might".

According to his biography provided on his website, Bhakta is president of Vanquish Holdings, a real estate and automotive technology company in Fort Washington, Pennsylvania, and graduated from Boston College in 1998.

First Published: Nov 23, 2005 14:50 IST