Indian envoy sees Jindal's election as a 'beginning'

Published on Nov 04, 2004 07:27 PM IST

Ronen Sen said: "I am deeply proud and satisfied that he has been elected as a congressman."

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PTI | ByIndo-Asian News Service, Washington

India's envoy to the US has wholeheartedly welcomed the election of Bobby Jindal, the second Indian American to have succeeded in becoming a lawmaker in the US.

Ronen Sen said: "Jindal is an American citizen. Nonetheless I am deeply proud and satisfied that he has been elected as a congressman."

Jindal, a Rhodes scholar and a former Bush administration health official, won from Louisiana with 78 percent of the votes. The only other Indian American to have been elected to the House of Representatives was the late Dalip Singh Saund, a Democrat from California, in 1956.

"I do hope this is only the beginning of the process in which more Indian Americans would be elected not only as congressmen but also as senators.

This would only be fitting to a community that has contributed a lot to American society in education, science and other spheres," Sen said.

Sen also congratulated other Indian Americans like Swati Dandekar of Iowa and Nikki Randhawa-Haley of South Carolina who got elected to state legislatures and councils.

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