Nikki Haley charms Indian Americans in Dallas
DALLAS, TX: Indian American Community of Dallas/Fort Worth gathered in large numbers to support Nikki Randhawa Haley for Governor of South Carolina at a gala fundraising luncheon reception held on Sunday, Sept. 19 at FunAsiA Banquet Hall in Richardson, TX.
Welcoming the guests and invitees, Piyush Patel, Vice-President of the Indian American Friendship Council (IAFC), said that it was heartening to see Nikki Haley on the cover page of Newsweek recently as the new face of the South and wished all the best with her campaign.
Prasad Thotakura, TX State Coordinator- IAFC, while introducing Nikki Haley mentioned that Nikki after graduating from Clemson University with B.S. degree in Accounting, worked as an Accounting Supervisor at FCR Inc and five of its subsidiaries. Actually, her first job at the age 13 was to keep the books of her family’s small clothing businesses which she eventually helped grow into a multi-million dollar enterprise.
Nikki was first elected as a State Representative of South Carolina in 2004 beating the longest serving State legislator. As the strongest fiscal conservative she got re-elected in 2006 and was sent to back to the State House in 2008 with more than 83% of the vote – the highest percentage of votes earned by any lawmaker in that year in South Carolina.
Thotakura observed that Nikki displayed her leadership skills in fighting back false allegations on her character with inner strength, resolve, resilience and family support. She is endorsed by who’s who of the Republican Party and already holding a double digit lead over her Democratic opponent.
Addressing the gathering, Nikki Haley appreciated the Dallas Indian American community for their wonderful support for her campaign all way along and this is her third visit to Dallas.
She said she would be back as Governor one more time just to thank the community for their unconditional support. Haley said she is very proud of her rich Indian cultural heritage and a lot of respect for the first generation of Indian Americans like her parents who sacrificed a lot for the well being of the next generation.
“As a Governor of South Carolina, I want to create and keep more jobs in South Carolina. I do encourage small and mid level businesses to prosper and know exactly what it takes to move them to the next level. I have an unwavering commitment to tax-payers bottom-line. I have a thorough knowledge of present economic conditions and focus on future to help the next generation and the senior citizens”, she said.
Rao Kalvala, IAFC Board of Director, moderated an interactive question answer session with Nikki Haley. A group of Indian American youth welcomed Nikki Haley with a bouquet of flowers. Prasad Thotakura pledged a donation of $250 from IAFC for the ECoppell project to bring environmental awareness to local citizens. Taiyab Kundawala, Secretary of IAFC proposed a vote of thanks.
India Post News Service