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Indian Americans under spotlight as race to White House tightens

In a meeting organised at his hotel, Indian American hotelier Sant Chatwal, a long time friend of the Clintons, addressed the media with the message that in her different roles as First Lady, senator and secretary of state, Clinton had visited Ind...

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Updated: Nov 03, 2016, 08.15 AM IST
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NEW DELHI: It's an election that could go down to the wire and hardly a surprise that both the Republicans and the Democrats now feel that Indian Americans could emerge as a significant group that will help tilt the results either way.

After Donald Trump's video last week where he was seen saying 'Ab ki baar Trump sarkar', Indian American supporters of Hillary Clinton have now reached out to the Indian community in a last ditch bid to remind them that both Hillary and Bill Clinton have been friends of India for many years.

In a meeting organised at his hotel, Indian American hotelier Sant Chatwal, a long time friend of the Clintons, addressed the media with the message that in her different roles as First Lady, senator and secretary of state, Clinton had visited India four times and met many important officials including former Prime Minister Manmohan Singh.

"I have known Hillary and Bill Clinton for several years and travelled with Hillary during her official visits to India. I know how deep her commitment is towards the ties with India. Both she and Bill Clinton have a deep love and respect for India and along with all other sections of Americans, Indian Americans will also benefit if Hillary becomes the US President in every way including economically and socially," Chatwal told ET from his hotel in Manhattan. The other prominent Indian Americans who supported this initiative, under the Indian Americans for Democrats, included prominent hotelier Mike Patel and Dr Bhupi Patel, a community leader.

Chatwal, who had come under a cloud for his donations to the Democrats, added that Indian Americans were traditionally supporters of the Democratic party. "It is evident that Donald Trump doesn't understand India or Indians considering that he reached out only to the Hindus. Indian Americans are a diverse community comprising Sikhs, Hindus, Muslims, Buddhists and others," said Chatwal. He added that the message being sent to the community members was that they should go out and vote in large numbers to ensure a victory for Clinton.

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