New York: Political Action Committee (PAC)was created by some Indian-Americans in the New York Tristate area to support and raise funds for Donald Trump. As he is also being called as the “best hope for America” by these people.
Headed by Dr AD Amar, a business professor at Seton Hall University in New Jersey, the ‘Indian-Americans for Trump 2016’ was registered as a PAC with the Federal Election Commission last week.
Its sole goal is “to garner actively the support of all Americans, but particularly Indian-Americans, to have Donald J Trump become the next President of the USA,” the PAC said in a press release.
“On realizing that the agenda of Donald J Trump for President 2016 is focused on reviving the American economy, rightly bringing America on the world stage, defeating terrorism and establishing peace through strength; many Indian-Americans believe that he is the best hope for America and the right candidate to be the next president of the United States,” the PAC said in a statement.
The real estate billionaire also declared and vowed not to seek support from PACs or take money from individuals or special interest groups.
And by people’s choice, Anand Ahuja, an attorney based in New York, and Devendra “Dave” Makkar, a businessman in New Jersey, have been “elected” vice president and treasurer respectively.
Publisher of some community news publications in New Jersey, Dr Sudhir Parikh has been declared the head of fundraising and advisory committee of India-Americans for Trump 2016.
Amar said, “This is only the first step. We are on the side of Trump for this election” explaining Trump’s policies on illegal immigration and economy in particular as the main reason for his group to support the Republican contender.
Nikki Haley, Governor of South Carolina-India, have requested supporters and protestors to stay “Civil and respectful” and also made a pitch for expanding the party’s base.
“I think what Mr Trump is doing is continuing to push through this candidacy. I think he’s continuing to move forward. All we ask is that everybody stay civil and respectful in the way they do that,” she was quoted as saying at a press conference by State newspaper.
“My goal was coming off after the last election with Mitt Romney (in 2012) was to make sure that I did everything I could to open that umbrella – to make sure we opened it up to Indian-Americans, Jewish-Americans, to make sure Hispanics and women felt a part of the Republican party,” the governor said.
Haley, who gave the Republican response to President Barack Obama’s State of the Union address earlier this month said”What I did with the address was very much start that conversation, which is we need to grow our umbrella. We don’t have room to close it,”
“But what I want Republican specifically to do is to remember that we want to grow that tent out. There’s a group of Republicans like me, who have seen that we have a great slate of minorities that are in elected office.”
Haley says she would not expect Trump to become more civil if he becomes the party nominee.
“We’ll find out,” she said.(IANS)