Washington: A group of Indian-Americans today said it has formed a committee to campaign for Republican presidential frontrunner Donald Trump, describing him the best hope for the country.
‘Indian-Americans for Trump 2016’ – which was registered as a political action committee (PAC) on January 21 with the federal election commission – aims at garnering support of Indian-Americans to have Donald J Trump become the next President of the USA.
In a media release, the PAC said A D Amar, a business professor with Seton Hall University in New Jersey has been elected as its president; while New York-based attorney Anand Ahuja as its vice president.
Eminent Indian-American and Padma Shree awardee Sudhir Parikh of New Jersey has been appointed the chair of fundraising and advisory Committee of Indian-Americans for Trump 2016.
Devendra ‘Dave’ Makkar, a business owner and community activist of New Jersey has been elected as its treasurer.
The Trump Campaign, which so far has been vocal against PAC culture in the country and has said that he is self- funding the election, did not comment immediately on the formation of the ‘Indian American for Donald Trump 2016’.
“This is only the first step. We are on the side of Trump for this election,” Amar told PTI in an interview, soon after the announcement was made.
“We believe that Trump would be the nominee of the Republican party and he would be the president on the United States,” he said.
Amar, who supported New Jersey Governor Chris Christies, who is also a Republican presidential candidate earlier during his State-level run, said at this moment Trump is the best for the United States and Indian-Americans.
He cited Trump’s policies on illegal immigration and economy in particular as the main reasons for the Indian Americans to support him.
“Indian Americans would benefit the most from his policies,” Amar said.
“On realising 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 political action committee said in a statement.
“The officers of the Indian-Americans for Trump 2016 urge all Americans to join in the effort and support Donald Trump in his endeavour to make America great again by electing him the next President of the USA,” said Indian-Americans for Trump.