Indians for Biden ramp up campaign for battleground states

Indians for Biden National Council (IBNC) is ramping up its outreach to the community, aiming for votes in the key swing states where small vote margins count, by adding several legislators and other leaders to its advisory board, the organisation's National Director Sanjeev Joshipura announced on Friday

Arul Louis Sep 18, 2020
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Indians for Biden National Council (IBNC) is ramping up its outreach to the community, aiming for votes in the key swing states where small vote margins count, by adding several legislators and other leaders to its advisory board, the organisation's National Director Sanjeev Joshipura announced on Friday.

“Indian American leaders from different political and advocacy areas have joined Indians for Biden National Council to help expand the Council’s reach in various Indian American communities in battleground states across America,” the IBNC said.

The battleground states are important because neither state has a lock on them and they can swing either way with a small number of votes deciding the final result of the presidential election, which is finally determined by electors and not the popular votes.

The advisory board includes Nisha Biswal, who was the Assistant Secretary of State for South Asia in the administration of President Barack Obama and is now the president of the US-India Business Council and Senior Vice President for South Asia at the US Chamber of Commerce.

House of Representatives Member Raja Krishnamoorthi is also a member of the board.

Displaying the broad sweep of emerging Indian American politicians, the board includes seven state legislators from across the country and activists.

“The participation of respected political and policy figures on our Advisory Board emphasizes the importance of Indian Americans as a voting block, including and especially in swing states. We are delighted and inspired by our Advisory Board’s enthusiasm to help the Biden-Harris ticket win in November,” Joshipura said.

Biswal said, "Joe Biden and Kamala Harris are absolutely the right people to lead this country during these trying times. Moreover, from Vice President Biden's long record in public service, and based on the campaign's publicly released agenda for the Indian American community, I know that a Biden-Harris administration will do a great job in further strengthening US-India ties.”

The IBNC operates under the umbrella of South Asians of Biden, which also has separate councils for Pakistani Americans and other ethnicities.

Support for the Democratic candidate Biden among Indian Americans appears to have fallen by 11 percent compared to the voting for Hillary Clinton in the 2016 election.

While she received 77 percent of the votes by Indian Americans, the 2020 Asian American Voter Survey (AAVS) released this week found Biden getting only the support of 66 percent.

President Donald Trump's support, meanwhile, has increased by 12 percent in the court years to 28 percent.

Biden gave the push for Indian American votes an impetus with a digital address to the community on August 15 recalling his leadership for getting the India-US nuclear deal through Congress and assuring them, “As President, I'll also continue to rely on Indian American diaspora. It keeps our two nations together.”

The US presdential polls are indirect elections with the members of the electoral college distributed along state lines making the final selection. Although Clinton won 2.8 million votes more than Trump she lost the 2016 election because Trump received 77 more votes than her in the electoral college.

This has made Indian American voters in the swing states important for the outcome of the election as they could contribute to the slim margins that determine the outcome.

(The writer can be contacted at arullouis@spsindia.in)