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Indian-origin student represents Maryland during Democratic National Convention

Biden delegate and college student Bianca Shah joined Baltimore City Council president and mayoral candidate Brandon Scott when he praised Biden for planning to increase the funding for public schools and historically Black colleges and universities.

By: PTI | Washington | Updated: August 19, 2020 5:38:10 pm
Maryland, Democratic National Convention, Brandon Scott, Bianca ShahIn this image from video, City Council President Brandon Scott and college student Bianca Shah of Maryland, speaks during the state roll call vote on second night of the Democratic National Convention on Tuesday, Aug. 18, 2020. (Democratic National Convention via AP)

An Indian-origin student has joined Baltimore City Council president and mayoral candidate Brandon Scott to represent the US state of Maryland during the roll call at the 2020 Democratic National Convention that nominated Joe Biden as the party’s presidential candidate.

During his brief appearance on Tuesday, Scott praised Biden for planning to increase the funding for public schools and historically Black colleges and universities. Scott was joined by Biden delegate and college student Bianca Shah, CBS Baltimore reported.

“When Joe Biden rebuilds our middle class, he won’t leave anyone behind,” Shah said. Biden will work to end racial discrimination, she said in the roll call segment broadcast on national television.

The segment was recorded in front of a statue of Frederick Douglass, a social reformer who fought for the abolition of slavery.

The virtual convention, which was supposed to be held in Milwaukee until plans changed due to the coronavirus, kicked off on Monday night.

Scott then announced Maryland was awarding one vote to Bernie Sanders and 119 for Biden.

The roll call vote process is traditionally a long affair with each delegation in the convention arena going around and pledging delegates to candidates.

On Twitter, Scott wrote the election is about getting the country back on track and that the convention is one important step in getting there. “I will recognise great Marylanders like Harriet Tubman and Frederick Douglass, and cast the delegates for the next President of the United States, Joe Biden”, he added.

Tubman was an American political activist. Born into slavery, Tubman escaped and subsequently made some 13 missions to rescue approximately 70 enslaved people, including family and friends.

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