Two Indians have been invited to observe the US Presidential Elections on November 8, 2016. Nagpur businessman Nitin Ronghe who’s a staunch Vidarbha state activist and convener of the Maha Vidarbha Janjagaran is among the two Indians. Apart from Nitin, Saravanan Annadurai – the national spokesperson of Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam (DMK) party has been invited.
In 2012, Nitin was selected from hundreds of applicants for the prestigious Legislative Fellows Program, a program sponsored by the US Department of State. During this program, Nitin was able to gain an understanding of the US legislative process and the role of civic society and its engagement in the political process. He also got a chance to develop and implement projects and programs that promote good governance, civil society, and democratic institutions.
During his internship at Columbus Ohio as part of the program, Nitin could witness the US Presidential Elections closely and attend the election rallies of the now President of United States Barak Obama and the nominee for 2012 US Presidential Elections – Mitt Romney. He attended the Professional Fellows Congress at Washington DC thereafter, wherein he got an opportunity to interact with representatives from 58 countries of the world. Post the program, Nitin has been in regular touch with his American Counterparts and sharing information on various issues.
Owing to this work in 2012, he has been invited by IVC (International Visitor’s Council) Columbus to observe the forthcoming US Presidential Elections. Ohio State is considered to be a very important state in the US Presidential Elections. In fact, it has a reputation of being a swing state in the USA. During the 2016 Presidential Elections, IVC Columbus will be host to a number of international dignitaries, political party leaders and distinguished visitors to observe the 2016 Presidential Elections in the United States. Nitin is going to be in Ohio during the election period and also for the post election activities through the following week. In addition to this, he will also be visiting Washington DC, Pennsylvania, Chicago and New York to meet US law makers, civil societies and other organisations. Nitin will be visiting the United states of America between October 27 to November 23.
Being a staunch supporter of the separate Vidarbha movement, Nitin is also looking forward to meet people from Vidarbha settled in USA. He’s keen to gather support from them for Vidarbha statehood.