The Indian National Overseas Congress held a meeting of the National Executive Committee and Chapter Committees at Richie Rich Restaurant in Queens (NY) on May 27th, 2017.
Members unanimously elected the veteran leader Mr. Shudh Parkash Singh as the National President of INOC USA. Shudh will serve as President of INOC for second time. A few other candidates were in talks but Shudh emerged as the only consensus choice.
The Indian National Congress Vice President Hon. Rahul Gandhi congratulated the new President. Honorable Dr. Karan Singh, Chairman Foreign Affairs Dept of AICC in his official communique (attached herewith) congratulated INOC USA for a unanimous election and complimented Shudh, “This is a recognition of the valuable services that you have rendered to the INOC (I) over many years. THIS BEING THE ONLY RECOGNIZED ORGANIZATION BY THE INDIAN NATIONAL CONGRESS IN THE UNITED STATES, ITS FUNCTIONING HAS A SPECIAL SIGNIFICANCE.”
The First Lady of Punjab Mrs. Preneet Kaur expressed her pleasure over the elections and hoped “Shudh will continue to work with same dedication and serve as the goodwill ambassador of Punjab to spread the word on the good work being done by the Punjab government at a rapid pace.” Hon. Sunil Jakhar, President of Punjab Pardesh Congress Committee complimented, “ Shudh hails from my constituency. We are proud of him.”
Hon. Ashok Tanwar, President of HPCC observed, “ our party needs good brilliant leaders like Shudh Ji.” Haryana Pardesh Congress will facilitate Shudh Ji on his next visit to India.”
Dr. Daman Singh INOC media coordinator in India complimented “ Shudh Ji’s election will bring new era of cooperation between NRIs and the Govt of Punjab. His ideas are inspiring and we look forward to work under his leadership.” INOC President of U.K. Kamalpreet Singh and INOC Canada President Amarpreet Aulakh also congratulated Shudh on his becoming President again.
“Shudh Ji is the only leader I will support to be our next National President. He has worked hard and long for congress party”, spoke Punjab Chapter President Gurmit Singh Mulanpur while moving a formal motion to vote for President. The general secretary Rajender Dichpally seconded the motion saying “ Shudh is regarded highly by all across the membership. I am supporting the motion as we will like our next President to be a consensus choice to avoid infighting.” All other chapter presidents and senior leaders gave a resounding yes to the vote and Shudh Parkash Singh was elected unanimously without a single dissent. It is unprecedented in the long 17 years history of INOC that a President has been elected unanimously.
In his acceptance speech Shudh reiterated his commitment to the congress party and loyalty to its leaders Dr. Karan Singh and Rahul Gandhi. He said “ My main goal will be to coordinate NRIs and Govt of Punjab so the needy farmers can be helped and poorest children can be educated. I wish to work closely with congress party leaders specially Capt. Amarinder Singh to assist him in bringing the change he is trying. Punjabis all over the world are looking for it.
Ravi Chopra, National Vice President said,” No one else here in USA has more experienced or capability to be our leader. We support him unequivocally.” Senior leaders like Kalathil Varghese and Phuman Singh already had initially supported the idea of electing Shudh as President again. Phuman SIngh said, “Shudh is the most capable man to lead us”. Kalathil announced that entire Kerala Chapter with 16 sub chapters nationwide admire leadership style of Shudh Ji. We all want him to be the President.” Dr. Rajender Jinna President of Telangana chapter sent in his greetings to the new President.
Charan Singh, President of Haryana Chapter said” I feel so proud by electing a President unanimously that other organizations can learn from ours.” Mr. Sher Madra, Chairman Haryana chapter expressed his admiration and support to Shudh Ji for President.
Gurmeet Singh Gill, Gurminder Talwandi, Pappi Badesha felt that the INOC(I) needed good direction and leadership at this critical juncture and felt that the best choice for the post of President would be Mr.Shudh Parkash Singh. All members agreed and requested Shudh to become President again.
All leaders from senior Vice President to all Chapter heads one by one spoke and congratulated the new President Shudh Parkash Singh.
Minutes of the INOC meeting:
The INOC meeting started with a 2 minute silence in remembrance of the INOC(I ) immediate past President late Mrs. Lavika Bhagat Singh.
Rajender Dichpally General Secy. opened the meeting and invited Shudh Ji to talk about his recent visit to India and share with the members of his meetings with Dr.Karan Singh and Shri Rahul Gandhi. The Pre & Post meeting was attended thru telephone by Presidents of Overseas Congress from London, Toronto and also California Chapter.
Gurmeet Singh Gill, Gurminder Talwandi, Ravi Chopra felt that the INOC(I) needed good direction and leadership at this critical juncture and felt that the best choice for the post of President would be Mr.Shudh Parkash Singh. All members agreed and requested Shudh to become President again. Kalathil Varghese and Phuman Singh already had supported this idea. Gurmeet Singh Gill spoke and moved the resolution to unanimously elect Shudh Parkash Singh as new President of INOC USA.
Rajender Dichpally seconded the motion to request Shudh Jasuja to be President. Everybody raised hands in yes and gave a resounding approval with a big applause. Shudh Ji agreed after all members spoke the need of his leadership.
All leaders from senior Vice President to all Chapter heads one by one spoke and congratulated the new President. TV & print Media present there also covered the speeches.
*** Rajender Dichpally spoke on the need to build a stronger INOC(I) to counter Overseas BJP and spread the
message of the Congress Party amongst the diaspora.
*** Shudh Parkash Jasuja thanked all members for their support and told that he will work harder to build a stronger Overseas Congress. He said that all new EC members and Office bearers will be appointed in a couple of weeks after due discussions.
*** It was decided to hold a big event for inauguration of new team of INOC USA. Dr. Karan Singh Ji or Chief Minister Punjab or his representative from Punjab
should be invited for inauguration.
*** Shudh Singh appointed Gurmeet Singh Gill as Chairman of Disciplinary Committee and said that all issues
regarding indiscipline in Overseas Congress will be dealt strongly going forward.
**** Food was served and everyone greeted Shudh Ji on the new appointment.
*** The press was invited to ask some questions and there a group photo taken to mark the occasion.