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Gulf Indians cheer UPA victory

May 16, 2009 14:52 IST

As the Congress-led United Progressive Alliance marched towards an impressive victory, prominent Indians in the Gulf gave a thumbs up to the alliance, with some calling it the triumph of youth which was made possible by leaders like Rahul Gandhi.

"The voters in the latest elections, impressed by youthful entry of candidates like Rahul Gandhi, have tried to give clear mandate to Congress to operate on its own, at least without the Left parties," Ram Buxani, a leading businessman and community leader, told PTI.

K V Shamsudheen, chairman of Pravasi Bandhu Welfare Trust, said the mandate given by the Indian electorate to the UPA indicates the people's trust in a Congress-led government.

"The electorate has emphasised once again with this result that only the UPA can lead the country as an economic superpower while also sticking to its secular fabric. The new government must utilise a part of the remittance from 25 million Non-Resident Indians for national infrastructure development," he said.

He also said that the new government must develop friendly relations with neighbouring countries.

With Saturday being an off day for most of office-goers in the Gulf region, they remained glued to the television sets to catch the latest election trends and results.

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