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Over 50 Indian-origin candidates to try their luck for Victoria local polls

Victoria local polls

Melbourne, Sep 30 (UITV)- As many as 50 Indian-origin candidates are trying their luck in the local council elections slated for next month in Victoria, home of Australia’s largest Indian population.

According to official figure, Victorian Electoral Commission received total nominations from 2,135 candidates for 637 councilor posts across 78 councils in the state.

Wyndham, which had elected its first two Indian origin councilors in 2012, Gautam Gupta and Intaj Khan, received the highest nominations of total 95 candidates including of Indian background.

Gupta, councilor and the first Indian-origin acting mayor of Wyndham, stressed that for any community to have representation in Australia politics was imperative in a bid to show the community integration into wider community.

A candidate of Casey council in south eastern region, Sid Banerjee said Indian community was the fastest growing community across the state and thus a higher representation. “Migration from India has grown over the years and also that Indians love politics,” Banerjee, who migrated from Kolkata 11 years ago, said.

For Pathankot-born Monica Raizada, it was her first time as a candidate and her work which she had been doing in domestic violence area prompted her to contest the local elections. Indian-born population has tripled since 2004 in Australia with Victoria recording the largest number of over 111,000 Indians apart from New South Wales.