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Community’s votes could make the difference in the US

With the race for the White House tightening, Indian-American Democrats are making a push to get their community to turn out to vote for Hillary Clinton, saying she’s been a steadfast friend of Indians and India.

Leaders of “Indian Americans for Democrats and Friends of Hillary for President” appealed in particular to Indians living in states expected to play a key role in the presidential elections saying that despite its small size the community’s votes could have an outsize effect in a tight race.

New York hotelier Sant Chatwal pointed to the 2000 elections which Democrat Al Gore lost by less than 400 votes in Florida and said that in states like that votes of Indian Americans carry more weight as a deciding factor.

The key states are those that are traditionally Republican and are called Red States, and the swing states where the two parties are almost evenly poised and could go either way. The latest opinion polls showed that Republican Donald Trump has narrowed the gap and was tied with Clinton or was very close.

Chatwal recalled the many visits Hillary Clinton made to India and said that she understood the country and was deeply touched by it, making her a loyal friend of the community and the nation.

Bhupi Patel, a community leader, spoke of the influence Indians steadily have built up in US politics and their impact on India-US relations. He recalled Indian American Center for Political Awareness founded by the late newspaper pioneer Gopal Raju and how it encouraged Indians to get involved in politics and helped India and the US develop closer ties.

Patel said that Clinton’s agenda for health care, immigration reform and improving the quality of and access to education meshed in with that of Indian Americans for whom these were crucial issues.

Chatwal spoke of his close ties to the Clintons and said that President Bill Clinton asked him what position he would want in his administration. He said he replied that he only wanted Clinton to visit India, which he did, laying the foundation for deepening ties between the two nations.

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