Chandigarh, Nov 10 (IANS) Most Democratic Party winners in the United States may not have ever heard of Chandigarh but a group of non-resident Indians (NRIs) Friday showed victory of the party in the US elections could be celebrated thousands of miles and one time-zone away.
It took some ingenuity on part of some NRIs visiting India to decorate a tuck with colourful posters and banners to announce the Democratic victory in this city - the joint capital of Punjab and Haryana.
The NRIs are communicating with their counterparts from India's Gujarat state for similar victory parades there also.
Thousands of immigrant Punjabis have settled in the US in the past five decades.
Vikramjit Bajwa from California, who with other NRIs thought of celebrating the Democrat victory here, said there were over 2.3 million Punjabi voters in the US. He said that nearly 80 percent of these were Democratic Party supporters.
Bajwa, 46, who grew up in this city but migrated to US two decades ago to become a real estate broker, said NRIs had a definite interest in US elections and would be counted in the 2008 presidential elections too.
'We want the Punjabis to influence voting in US just like the Jews from Israel have built a strong lobby for themselves in the American system. We want Punjabis living here and NRIs to join hands and do just that,' Bajwa told reporters here.
He said NRIs had started a campaign in recent months in the US to register more voters from the India-American and Punjabi community so that they could stand up and be heard.
The campaign started after the discrimination against turbaned, bearded and brown skin people increased in the post 9/11 scenario, Bajwa added.