Overseas Friends of BJP in US galvanising diaspora support for polls in India

The OFBJP organised the event of music and poetry in Tampa, Florida, where diaspora Indians were told about ways they can participate in the 2019 general elections and the Gujarat Assembly polls later this year.

By: PTI | Washington | Published:August 5, 2017 6:45 pm
TRS, telangana, BJP-TRS, demonetisation, note ban, gst, india news The event comes in the backdrop of the Indian government clearing a proposal to amend the country’s electoral law to allow overseas Indians to vote in elections through their proxies.

An overseas group affiliated to the ruling BJP has begun galvanising support among the strong Indian-American community for the upcoming polls and recently organised an event to mark three years of the government. The Overseas Friends of BJP (OFBJP) organised the event of music and poetry in Tampa, Florida, where diaspora Indians were told about ways they can participate in the 2019 general elections and the Gujarat Assembly polls later this year.

The event comes in the backdrop of the Indian government clearing a proposal to amend the country’s electoral law to allow overseas Indians to vote in elections through their proxies. Chandrakant Patel, a former OFBJP (USA) president and Tampa resident, welcomed the decision by the Union Cabinet on Wednesday. “This is great news for NRIs,” Patel told the audience. “India today is being recognised in the global arena. Even the Indian diaspora is feeling very proud and positive”.

At the event, Sudhir Shah, a national council member of OFBJP, asked the participants to “stop forwarding” negative emails and messages about India and the party. The participants at the event – where the birth centenary of Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh icon Pandit Deendayal Upadhyaya was also celebrated – were asked to call “five or 10 of your relatives” in India during the elections to vote.

Shah also urged Indian Americans to be a part of a ‘telethon’, which OFBJP is planning before each of the upcoming polls. “We will give you 10 to 15 (phone) numbers of people in India. You, call them and ask them to vote for Modi Sarkar. This is what we did three years ago… When someone calls from America, it makes a big impact on the people of India,” he said.

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    Raju
    Aug 6, 2017 at 1:50 am
    American Hindus group sending millions of US$ to India for RSS extremist group, their radical Hindus agenda implementation in India and other world. You are living in Christian countries with full of freedom with human rights, you can Patrice your religion. Now after BJP govt. in power all minorities under in the fear RSS Modi Govt. banned NGO.NGO this is only for charity works, never for conversation. Christianity never do conversion by the money, but we are supporting those needy, and poor people India by all form. Christian conversion change mind as righteous person. believe in Christ. Keep India’s cons ution alive, do not try to implement of RSS Hindu radical agenda against minority their believe , their religious Patrice and their eating habit. do not support RSS and Hindu hardliners.religious fundamentalism routed majority Hindu society, 80 population are Hindus in India. This phenomenon gain thru RSS and other extremist Hindu group by BJP. RSS like ISIS.
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