NEW YORK (TIP): INOC leaders gave a full court press to the NRI candidacy of Mr. Juned Qazi who is making an attempt to run on a Congress ticket from the Aligarh Constituency in U.P.

‘ It is an uphill battle, the entrenched interests are quite powerful and wouldn’t like an NRI to take their place’ said Mr. Qazi. Despite the heavy odds against him. Mr. Qazi has been working diligently in Aligarh for the past one year meeting constituents and trying to convince the local leadership that he is committed to relocate to Aligarh from U.S. and work hard on their behalf for the betterment of all the people.

Mr. Juned Qazi lives in New Jersey and owns a successful business in Construction. He is a committed Congressman who has been serving Indian National Overseas Congress in various capacities as an Executive Committee member and the President of the Madhya Pradesh Chapter for the past several years. A team comprising of George Abraham (Chairman), Mohinder Singh Gilzian (Vice-President), Harbachan Singh (General Secretary) and Sawaran Singh (EC Member) have visited number of Congress leaders and pressed the case for a Qazi candidacy.

6INOC leaders George Abraham, Mohinder Singh Gilzian, Sawaran Singh & Harbachan Singh lobbied with the senior Congress leaders in India for ticket for the Aligarh Parliamentary constituency to Juned Qazi, President Madhya Pradesh Chapter of INOC With AICC General Secretary Digvijay Singh

‘By issuing a ticket to Mr. Qazi, Congress party will be sending a very strong and positive signal to the NRI community that your voices will be heard in the Parliament’ said Harbachan Singh, General Secretary of INOC, a member of the team that visited number of the Congress leaders including Dr. Karan Singh, Chairman, Foreign Affairs Committee, Mr. Digvijay Singh, General Secretary, AICC, Vayalar Ravi, Minister of Overseas Indian Affairs, Shashi Tharoor, Minister of State for HRD, Mohinder Singh Kaypee, member of CWC, Oscar Fernandez, Minister for Road and Transport, Preneet Kaur Minister of State for External Affairs etc.

Earlier, in a letter to Mr. Rahul Gandhi, Vice-President of the Congress party, Mr. George Abraham, Chairman of INOC praised Mr. Qazi ‘ as extremely competent and someone who understands the issues that people of India face in their daily lives. He is young and dynamic and has close rapport with people of all ages, regions and religions. I strongly feel that he would make a great parliamentarian given an opportunity and would serve the interests of the country and its people, especially those in Aligarh, with passion and tenacity’ the letter stated.

‘ Pravasis in general often feel neglected in the selection process though they have made tremendous contributions to the success of our great nation. By selecting Mr. Qazi, to run from Aligarh, you will be sending a strong signal that the hope and aspirations of the entire NRI community will remain as an integral part of the party agenda going forward’ the letter continued..